Melissa O'Brien
Melissa O’Brien

A Medford woman and a Bay Shore man who allegedly tried to cover up for her have been charged with a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 16-year-old boy in Selden over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.

Melissa O’Brien was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on Middle Country Road when she hit the victim at the corner of Marshall Drive at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The 39-year-old woman fled the scene and then returned a short time later with 40-year-old Anthony Bonello, who both told investigators that Bonello was driving the car at the time of the crash, police said.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives alleged the two were lying and charged both with falsely reporting an incident. O’Brien was also charged with leaving the scene of an incident involving serious physical injury and driving with a suspended license.

O’Brien was scheduled to be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. Bonello will be arraigned at a later date.

The teen was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center where he is being treated for head injuries and is listed in serious condition.



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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.