A hit-and-run driver critically injured a 24-year-old man who was crossing a road in his hometown of Patchogue early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Walter Orlando Matute Penaranda was crossing Montauk Highway east of Bay Avenue when he was struck by a westbound vehicle that fled the scene at 4:20 a.m., police said.

Penaranda was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition.

The suspect’s vehicle was described as a gray or silver two-door sedan with a rear spoiler, possibly an older model Honda, police said. Witnesses told police that there were other vehicles with occupants that may have witnessed to the crash.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed or has information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or anonymously 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.