Police: Firefighter responding to call fatally strikes woman, injures man

A woman was killed and her husband was injured when they were struck by a vehicle.

News 12 Staff

Jan 5, 2019, 11:11 AM

Updated 1,965 days ago

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A woman was killed and her husband was critically injured when they were struck in Long Beach overnight by a firefighter who was heading to a call.
Investigators say the couple was leaving Half Moon Restaurant and Bar on East Park Avenue around 12:30 a.m. when they were struck.
Police say Julia Morales, 57, of Lindenhurst, died at the scene. Her husband, age 60, is in critical but stable condition with a broken spine and several fractures.
Police confirm that the 22-year-old driver who struck the couple is a Long Beach Fire Department firefighter. They say he was in his own car at the time of the crash, and was heading to a house fire with his blue emergency light on. He stayed at the scene of the incident. 
The unidentified firefighter's car was impounded for a safety check. No charges have been filed in the case at this time.
Vision Long Island, a group that studies traffic patterns and accidents, says East Park Avenue ranks among the top 10 most dangerous roads on Long Island. It has been the scene of 18 pedestrian involved crashes in the past three years.


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