UPDATE: Nassau Cop Injured in Southern State Crash

The officer remains in serious condition.

A Nassau County police officer remains in serious but stable condition on Tuesday evening after chasing a suspicious vehicle on the Southern State Parkway Monday Afternoon, police said.

The officer, a 19 year veteran from the 7th Precinct who wasn't identified, was pursuing a gray Honda Accord fleeing North Massapequa at about 12:30 p.m.

Homeowners in the area of North Pine Street and South Park Drive called 911 after seeing the car in the neighborhood where there have been 10 to 14 burglaries in the last month, according to Nassau Police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith.

"One of the witnesses actually saw the two occupants switch license plates, we believe from Pennsylvania plates to Florida plates," Smith said.

The officer followed the vehicle to Linden Street and onto the eastbound side of the Southern Parkway at the Bethpage State Parkway entrance.

Witnesses told police that the suspicious car took dangerous maneuvers and was traveling at a high rate of speed as it headed east towards Route 110.

The car, which witnesses said had been speeding, switched lanes several times in an effort to shake the officer.

Then it slowed down suddenly. "They really pounded on the brakes, almost coming to a complete stop," Smith said.

The officer tried to avoid hitting the car from behind and swerved to the right, hitting a guard rail.

It "propelled the police car back into traffic where it was struck by another car," Smith said.

The officer's car came to a rest under the Route 110 overpass of the Parkway. She was quickly airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center, where she was listed in serious but stable condition.

Miraculously, the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were not hurt.

The injured officer was in intensive care with head, neck and shoulder injuries and was in and out of consciousness, Smith said.

Police did not immediately release a description of the Accord's driver and passenger, but they did release photos of the car taken by an area home owner.

The Southern State was closed because of the accident investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Jason Molinet November 21, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Nassau Police are holding a briefing at 3:30 p.m. We'll update you then.
Jason Molinet November 21, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Nassau Police seek a gray late model Honda Accord, which had Pennsylvania plates but switched to Florida plates.
Jason Molinet November 21, 2011 at 09:10 PM
We now have photos of the suspect's car.
James M. November 21, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Where were these photos taken?
Jason Molinet November 21, 2011 at 10:09 PM
We've updated the photo captions with the neighborhood.
Andrew B. Herzman November 22, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Enough of the high speed chases already!
Kristen Ferrari November 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM
How nice, Andrew, that your only comment is enough with the chases. I guess instead of finding a balance of when a police officer has to pursue and when a pursuit is too dangerous, they should just call them all off and let the criminals go because the criminals are faster. I'm grateful to the many fine officers in the 7th precinct for the safe community I live in and thankful that they are there when I need them. This officer is in my prayers. I hope that she makes a complete recovery.
Linda Motley November 22, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Tell you what Andrew, next time you're a victim of a crime call Patch instead of the police. I'm sure the police will be relieved to not have to chase any criminals on your account.
Pam Robinson (Editor) November 22, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Let's try to be thoughtful before posting and maintain civility, please.
MTR November 22, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Andrew, I myself am becoming discouraged by the lack of respect the police give to us, the people they work for, but your comment is ridiculous, what should we do let them drive away so they can home invade another persons house one day? There was a reason why they didn't stop.
James M. November 22, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Some of the disrespect the police show is because of all the people they have to deal with that show them disrespect. IF you are respectful, follow instructions, and ask intelligent questions, they will act in kind. If you ask " Why did you stop me?" you have already started out on the wrong foot.
Kristen Ferrari November 22, 2011 at 09:09 PM
There are good cops and bad cops but considering the fact that this was a report of an officer in critical condition all because she was doing her job, can we spare the debate over whether cops are worthy of our respect for another time. A human being is fighting for her life. I have a brother who is a police officer as well as many friends who are cops. I'm sure there are many people who have had a problem with one of them at one time or another but does that mean we can't be sympathetic when one gets hurt? Why not just have a good thought for this officer regardless of the fact that you may have had a bad experience with a police officer.
James M. November 22, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Has there been any update on her condition?
Jason Molinet November 22, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Interesting follow on the neighborhood where the chase began: http://patch.com/A-nTKY
John Rennhack November 22, 2011 at 10:44 PM
I have ahd wonderful encounters with members of the 7th Precinct. They are always professional and respectful and in return deserve to be treated the same. And yes, there are bad cops out there but this isn't the place to discuss that. An officer doing her job protecting residents is in the hospital. We should hope for her successfull recovery and hope her family is getting the comfort and support they need.
Amanda Fiscina November 22, 2011 at 10:47 PM
As of Tuesday evening, the officer is in "serious but stable condition," according to Nassau police. Police are not releasing her identity yet.
Yankee Man November 22, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Why cant they release her name?....that strikes me as odd.
Dan Michaels November 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM
This officer was doing her duty protecting the people of Nassau County from these predatory individuals who have plagued the area with burglaries. This is what the Police do to combat crime. They can't be every where but when a problem area or issue is identified it's addressed like this one was, they send in the best. I doubt there will be a return any time soon by these criminal animals. Great job by the officer who was seriously injured in her efforts to keep life in Nassau the best and safest for us all. May God heal her injuries and have her soon home with her loved ones and family. May God also grant Andrew Herzman a heart and brain. Amen.
Andrew B. Herzman November 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM
It's amazing and sad that in a country that supposedly prides itself as being the land of the free, the average person can't respect another person's right to free speech. The need to personally attack others you don't agree with instead of using facts really says it all.
Andrew B. Herzman November 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM
This is Long Island. You can't leave it without crossing a bridge or taking a ferry (both monitored by the police). The police have helicopters that can follow any car, anywhere until it runs out of gas. This high speed chase ended with a cop hitting an innocent driver. Lucky, that driver wasn't hurt or kiled, but the fact that an officer had to get injured over this is tragic and unnecessary. So my comment is rediculous, Michael R.? The dumb comment about letting them drive away so they can invade another person's home is rediculous. How about you consider the real alternatives before making yourself look like an idiot? Thanks.
Kristen Ferrari November 23, 2011 at 12:28 AM
I'm a little curious, Andrew. What facts did you use and, for the record, I did not attack you. I simply exercised my right to free speech by commenting on the fact that you chose to comment about a chase as opposed to expressing any concern for the injured officer. Not an attack and completely factual.
Jason Molinet March 02, 2012 at 10:51 PM
We have new developments in the Southern State crash: http://patch.com/A-rrJh


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