John and Alisa McMorris, the parents of Andrew McMorris, the Wading River boy tragically killed after being struck by a drunk driver while out on a hike with fellow scouts Sunday afternoon, released a statement this morning remembering their son. They also wanted to share a brief statement thanking the community for its support. The above photo was taken of Andrew, by his mother, moments before Sunday’s hike. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Branch Funeral Homes in Miller Place. Below is the McMorris’ comments, as sent to the News-Review through a family friend and spokesperson. READ
Update: Suffolk County Police identified 39-year-old Manuel Monzon of Calverton as the pedestrian who was fatally stuck on on Nugent Drive near Pinehurst Boulevard in Calverton late Thursday night. READ
A 58-year-old Babylon man was killed in a multiple-car accident on Flanders Road Monday night after he sideswiped several cars before colliding with a pickup truck head-on, Southampton Town police said. READ
(Update 11:45 a.m.) Southampton police have identified the victims from Tuesday’s fatal car crash.
A Bayport man involved in a head-on car crash that killed a Flanders woman in January 2014 will have all charges related to the crash dropped after completing 140 hours of community service, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. READ
A Shoreham man whom police said was attempting to flee from a car accident died Sunday evening after his vehicle crashed into a nearby tree in Brentwood. READ
Update 8 p.m. Friday: Christopher O’Brien pled not guilty to one charge of DWI Friday morning in First District Court in Central Islip, according to Bob Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota.
Police investigators are looking for two drivers who fled the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a Riverhead man in Patchogue earlier this month — and they’re offering a reward for any information that leads to the two drivers’ arrests.
According to a Suffolk County police press release, 65-year-old Joseph Orlando was trying to cross Route 112 about 3 a.m. on Dec. 5 when he was struck by four vehicles. Authorities said Mr. Orlando died at the scene.
Mr. Orlando was originally identified as a Patchogue resident, but police later learned he had been staying at a shelter on West Main Street in Riverhead.
Two of the drivers stayed with Mr. Orlando after the crash, but the other two — driving a dark-colored Hyundai Elantra between year models 2011 and 2015 and a white Ford Taurus between year models 2000 and 2007 — drove off. Both vehicles may have damage to their lower front end or undercarraige, according to police investigators.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime can call the hotline anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.