Surveillance video shows vehicle allegedly involved in Blue Point hit-and-run
Police released surveillance video of the SUV they say mowed down a beloved member of the Blue Point community and did not stop.
According to police, the video shows the vehicle hit and critically injure 74-year-old Franny Columbine on April 6. It happened at the intersection of Blue Point Avenue and Middle Road.
Investigators say the vehicle in question is a black 2007 to 2014 Lincoln Navigator with tinted windows and gold New York license plates.
Family and friends say Columbine was riding his bicycle to Firehouse Deli, as he does daily, when he was struck.
Columbine's sister Irene Logan was in the ambulance with him when paramedics rushed him to Stony Brook University Hospital.
"It's hard because he's severely injured. He doesn't know exactly what's going to be happening over the next month," says Logan.
While police work on tracking down the driver, there are signs throughout the community that residents are pulling for Columbine's full recovery. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he can't receive visitors.
"He's got thousands of friends in this community and we're all heartbroken that we haven't been able to go up to see him," says Tom Cavanaugh.
But family, friends and neighbors are sending love and support from afar with lawn signs, phone calls and Facebook messages.
"He knows we're all pushing for him," says Toni Ann Grube. "Franny, if you see this, we love you."
Logan is looking forward to the day when her brother can come home, but for now, she has a message for the driver.
"Let people know that you did do this, and so you can apologize and so Franny and the family can hopefully accept your apology and begin forgiveness," says Logan.
If you recognize the SUV or have any information, you are asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.