North Amityville Hit-and-run Victim Killed

A hit-and-run driver killed a 32-year-old Lindenhurst man when the suspect, who was driving a stolen SUV, crashed into the victim’s car in North Amityville on Tuesday night, Suffolk County police said.

Reginald Celifie was driving a Honda Civic eastbound on Brefni Street when his car was struck by a southbound Chevrolet Trailblazer at the corner of Geraldine Avenue at 6:20 p.m., police said.

Celifie was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Trailblazer ran away from the scene. Investigators determined that the SUV had been reported stolen on Dec. 8.

The suspect was described as a black man, approximately 20 years old, clean-shaven, between 5-feet, 7-inches tall and 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a slim build. He was wearing blue jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black wool hat.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential

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