Thomas Hendricks

Suffolk County police are looking for the driver who fled the scene after a 20-year-old man fell from the driver’s moving vehicle in West Babylon and later died last month.

Witnesses told investigators that they saw Thomas Hendricks of Farmingdale fall from a northbound light-colored Ford Explorer on Belmont Avenue at the Southern State Parkway westbound exit ramp at 10:10 p.m. Nov. 10, police said.

Hendricks was seen at the Cloverdale Apartments on Great Neck Road in North Amityville, where authorities said he was known to frequent. The victim had been picked up by the SUV on Route 110 near the parkway 20 minutes prior, witnesses reportedly told police.

Hendricks was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead the following day. Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation.

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 is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.


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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.