Suffolk County correction officer seriously injured in hit-and-run crash

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CENTEREACH, LONG ISLAND, NY – A search is underway for the driver who fled the scene after a crash at a local pub that left a Suffolk County correction officer seriously injured Sunday night, according to Newsday..

The incident happened in the parking lot of Jack McCarthy’s Pub on Middle Country Road in Centereach at about 10 p.m.  According to Suffolk County police, 48-year-old Gary Harnig was hit by a vehicle that was believed to have been a white pickup truck.  He was off-duty at the time the crash occurred.

Harnig was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. Police said the vehicle they are looking for was last seen going south on Lake Grove Boulevard.  Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact Suffolk County police detectives.

WABC reports that investigators are looking into the possibility that the officer may have been deliberately struck by the driver. The report also quoted sources as saying Harnig was awake and conscious Monday after he was hospitalized.

A spokeswoman told Newsday that Harnig is a 20-year member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and currently works as a correction officer at the county jail in Riverhead.

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