Bay Shore Hit-and-run Driver Left Teen Hospitalized, Cops Say


An alleged hit-and-run driver was arrested for striking a teenager who was crossing a street in the victim’s hometown of Bay Shore on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police

Alfred Buckman, 51, of Islip Terrace, was driving a Ford pickup truck on Fifth Avenue when his truck hit 18-year-old James Vaughn, who was crossing the road at the corner of Howells Road at 4 p.m., police said.

Vaughn was taken to transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was admitted in stable condition while being treated for a serious head injury and broken bones.

Buckman allegedly fled the scene of the crash but officers apprehended him shortly later, police said.

He was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving serious physical injury without reporting, driving without a license, uninsured vehicle, unregistered vehicle, uninspected vehicle and two counts failing to stop at a steady red signal.

Buckman will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Third Squad detectives ask anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call them at 631-854-8352 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS.