A man was struck by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend 17 hours and three miles apart from a similar case in Huntington that left a pedestrian dead, Suffolk County police said.

Richard Wright, 31, was walking northbound across Jericho Turnpike when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle west of Manor Road at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The Huntington resident was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition with a broken leg, broken hip and head injuries.

The vehicle, which may have been gray in color, fled the scene and is believed to have front-end damage.

In the previous case, 25-year-old Reinaldo Velasquez-Yanes was killed by a hit-and-run driver on New York Avenue in his hometown of Huntington Station at 3 a.m. Sunday.

Police are looking for a silver or gray Mercury Grand Marquis, with a model year between 1998 and 2002 and damage to the front end and grill.

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Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-854-8252 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.


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