The Shirley teen and former student at Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue who was in critical condition after being struck by a Suffolk County Police car while riding his bicycle this weekend has died, according to reports.
This story has been updated. Details from the prior version of the story are below:
The incident unfolded Saturday night as a Seventh Precinct Patrol officer, responding to an urgent distress call made by an elderly woman in Shirley, was en route southbound on William Floyd Parkway with lights and sirens activated, according to a release by the SCPD.
Approaching the intersection of Adobe Drive, the officer proceeded through a green light. However, at approximately 7:50 p.m., tragedy struck when her vehicle collided with 13-year-old Anthony Stinson, who was riding his bike westbound across the intersection.
After striking Anthony, who is a student in the William Floyd School District, the police vehicle careened into another vehicle that had been stopped in traffic. It then plowed into a tree and ultimately came to a halt after hitting two parked cars in front of 152 Margin Drive West.
Both Anthony and the officer were rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital. According to police, Anthony is in critical condition, while the officer sustained minor injuries.
The community rallied outside the Stinson family’s Shirley home over the weekend to host a prayer vigil for Anthony. Thousands of comments poured into Facebook to support the family. One commenter, Dana Glaber, a former co-worker of Anthony’s mother, said: “She always speaks of Anthony; he is her everything, and I can’t imagine what she is going through.”
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information related to the incident is urged to contact the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555.
Top: Photo of Anthony Stinson in his football gear for William Floyd Middle School. (Credit: Facebook)