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.
The inside of PeraBell in Patchogue Saturday. The owners plan to open a Riverhead location this spring. (Credit: Rachel Young)
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A Patchogue woman was driving while intoxicated when she was involved in a crash on Lake Avenue in Riverside Saturday afternoon, Southampton Town Police said.
Lauren McNevin, 50, was arrested and charged with DWI and a violation of moving from a lane unsafely following the crash, which occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m., police said.
Ms. McNevin was one of five people involved in the accident who were transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. She was taken to Southampton Hospital, while four others were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center.
Ms. McNevin was later held at Southampton Police headquarters and she is expected to be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court Sunday morning, police said.
Congressman Tim Bishop’s office, which had been located on Route 112 in Coram since he was elected eight years ago, was moved to Patchogue last weekend.
Bishop aide Jon Schneider said the office was moved primarily due to logistics, but also because of some maintenance issues.
“When a ceiling tile falls on the congressman’s chair, shall we say, it’s a sign from above?” Mr. Schneider said. “We loved the location. Coram is right in the heart of our district, but Patchogue is too and we’re excited about the new location.”
While the new space for Mr. Bishop’s staff of seven people isn’t much bigger than the former location, one positive difference is its proximity to a train station, Mr. Schneider said.
An open house will be held at Mr. Bishop’s new office, located at 31 Oak St., later this month.
The new phone number is 631-289-6500.