A homeless man was struck and critically wounded by a hit-and-run driver after another driver who crashed into the pedestrian stopped in East Farmingdale on Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said.

Oliver David, 41, of Freeport, was driving his Mercedes Benz southbound on Wellwood Avenue when he struck the victim at 10:50 p.m., police said. The victim was identified as 64-year-old Kenneth Wiggins, who had been previously reported missing from a homeless shelter in Hillside, New Jersey.

While David was trying to stop southbound traffic, a second vehicle, described as a silver older-model Nissan Altima, also struck the victim and then fled the scene, police said.

The driver of the Nissan was last seen heading southbound on Wellwood Avenue in the direction of Southern State Parkway, police said.

The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he is being treated for head and internal injuries.

David was not charged.

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Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.


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