Suspected car thief hit by van during LIE chase

A man allegedly driving a stolen car led Nassau police on a wild chase that ended when he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the LIE on foot. Police say they received a report that a car was

News 12 Staff

Mar 5, 2008, 1:51 AM

Updated 5,979 days ago

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A man allegedly driving a stolen car led Nassau police on a wild chase that ended when he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the LIE on foot.
Police say they received a report that a car was stolen from the Roosevelt Field Mall Tuesday before noon. According to investigators, the suspected driver was also wanted in connection with an earlier theft at the mall. A highway patrol officer later spotted the 1987 BMW on the LIE, put out a notification and followed it.
The suspect apparently lost control of the car on the westbound side of the LIE and crashed on the side of the road. He then fled the car on foot, jumping the divider and making it halfway across the eastbound lanes before being struck by a white van at around 12:19 p.m. near the Nassau-Queens border.
Traffic on the LIE was backed up for miles in both directions and lanes were closed for 90 minutes as police investigated.
The suspect was hospitalized in very serious condition.


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