Cops Seek Tips in Central Islip Hit-And-Run; Release Photo of Minivan

Central Islip Hit-and-run

Central Islip Hit-and-run
Police said this minivan was involved in a hit-and-run in Central Islip on Aug. 17. Police believe the driver’s side mirror was damaged and the front windshield may have also been damaged. (SCPD)
Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying the driver of a minivan who seriously injured a 25-year-old Central Islip man last month and then fled the scene.

Police Wednesday released a photo of the dark-colored minivan that was involved in the Aug. 17 hit-and-run. Authorities believe the minivan has a damaged driver’s side mirror and may have a broken front windshield.

The Vehicular Crime Unit is also interested in speaking with a Good Samaritan who was driving a white sedan at the time of the incident and backed up their car to stop the victim from being struck a second time by the minivan, police said. The person left the scene before speaking with cops.

This is the second time since the incident that police have requested help from the public to identify the driver.

Police said the minivan struck and seriously injured Edgar Abrego on Carleton Avenue and Brightside Avenue at 9:25 p.m. After striking Abrego, the driver fled the scene, police said.

Abrego was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with injuries to his head and body.

A police spokeswoman did not have an update on his condition.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have traveled on Carleton Avenue around the time of the incident or who may have seen a dark-colored minivan with similar damages to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are confidential.