Copiague Man Dies After Hit-and-run Crash


A 23-year-old man died after he and two other people were in an SUV that was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Copiague over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.

Pierre Prophete, of Copiague, had been critically injured when a speeding Infiniti rear-ended the southbound Chevrolet Blazer in which Prophete was a passenger on New Highway near the corner of New Horizons Boulevard at 8 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The Blazer overturned, leaving the driver and a front-seat passenger hospitalized with serious injuries.

After hitting the SUV, the Infiniti struck two parked vehicles. The driver of the Infiniti fled on foot, police said.

Before hitting the SUV, the Infiniti and a southbound BMW that was also speeding had sideswiped each other, causing the BMW to veer off the road and hit a fence, police said. The BMW driver was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Major Case Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who witnessed the crash or stopped at the scene of the crash to call them at 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.