Man with Asperger's from Bellmore critical after car accident

A Nassau County man with Asperger's, who has always had a genuine desire to help others, is fighting for his life after being hit by

BELLMORE - A Nassau County man with Asperger's, who has always had a genuine desire to help others, is fighting for his life after being hit by a car. Family members say Joey Procopio, 21, volunteered two days a week at Mercy Medical Center. He used to take the bus straight to the hospital, but after the MTA cut the bus service last year, his commute became more complicated. "He found a way," says his aunt, Karen Bray. "He had a travel coach that would help him and he knew how to read a bus schedule a train station - and he would walk almost a mile." But on Thursday, Procopio was hit by a car after getting off the bus. He is in critical condition in Winthrop Hospital's intensive care unit.

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