2nd Huntington Hit-and-run Crash in 17 Hours

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.

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.