3 arraigned in hit-and-run, cover-up

Three people were arraigned today in the hit-and-run that left a West Islip teen in a coma. According to police, Kristofer Busching, of North Babylon,

Ryan McCarthy, 16, was struck by a hit-and-run driver less than two hours before the arrival of the new year.

Ryan McCarthy, 16, was struck by a hit-and-run driver less than two hours before the arrival of the new year. (1/8/13)

WEST BABYLON - Three people were arraigned today for their alleged roles in last week's hit-and-run that left a West Islip teen in a coma.

According to police, Kristofer Busching, of North Babylon, plowed his rented car into 16-year-old Ryan McCarthy on Udall Road in West Islip on New Year's Eve.

A witness has said that the car intentionally struck McCarthy after he and the driver exchanged words.

As he was being walked to court by police today, Busching apologized when asked about the crime by News 12 Long Island. He said that he did not hit the teen on purpose and denied that they fought.

Busching faces several charges including assault, leaving the scene of an accident and conspiracy.

Bushing's girlfriend, Alicia Santamaria, of Brentwood, and passenger Carl Caamano, of Bay Shore, are accused of trying to cover up the crime. They were both arraigned on conspiracy charges.

The victim remains in critical condition at the hospital.
 

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