Bicyclist suffers serious injuries in Route 58 accident

A Riverhead bicyclist suffered serous injuries after he was hit by a truck while crossing Route 58 in Riverhead early Friday, authorities said.

The bicyclist, 35-year-old Encarnaciom Gregorio, was hit by an eastbound Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Peter DeBerardi, 75, of Calverton near Mill Road about 6:30 a.m., Riverhead Town Police said. Mr. Gregorio, surffering with broken ribs, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Company.

Riverhead Police Detective Dixon Palmer said Mr. DeBerardi told police he had been stopped for a red light at the intersection with Mill Road and when the light turned green, Mr. Gregorio rode in front of the truck.

Mr. DiBerardi “never saw him,” Det. Palmer said. “He told me he came out of nowhere.”

Mr. DiBerardi stopped and got out to help Mr. Gregorio.

Det. Palmer said the Mr. Gregorio, who had not yet been interviewed by police, suffered broken ribs during the accident.

Police were still investigating, though Det. Palmer said he did not expect charges to be filed. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call investigators at 727-4500 ex. 328.

The accident occurred one day after Riverhead Town announced plans to move forward on a bike path running from Calverton to Jamesport.

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