Suffolk police search for hit-and-run driver in crash that killed 8-month-old girl
Police are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed an 8-month-old baby in Wyandanch.
Police say a 2006 Nissan Murano was traveling east on Davidson Street near Pine Street around 9 p.m. Sunday when it collided with a westbound Lexus and overturned.
News 12 is told the driver of the Nissan fled the scene on foot. Eight-month-old Saige Berry, who was a passenger in the Nissan, was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Berry's mother was also a passenger in the Nissan, police say. Dywanna Finney, 24, was also taken to Good Samaritan Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Police disclosed Monday morning that the baby was not in a car seat at the time of the crash.
Tyesha Forte, 42, who was driving the Lexus suffered minor injuries, according to police.
While no cause of the crash has been released, neighbors say they wouldn't be surprised if speed played a role.
"We just happened to be outside when we heard the boom," says Anthony Fisher. "And so we came up here ... and that's when we saw the family outside the car holding her baby, car upside down, another car over here. It was just pure chaos."
Detectives are now asking for the public's help to find the driver who fled the scene. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555.