Police ID Skateboarder Killed on Road

Bethpage teenager Oleksandr Safronov died after being struck on South Oyster Bay Road in Syosset.; second boy hospitalized.

A 15-year-old skateboarder from Bethpage died Sunday after being struck by a car on South Oyster Bay Road in Syosset, Nassau County police said.

Police have identified the victim as Oleksandr Safronov of Bethpage. He was skateboarding with a friend on the west shoulder of South Oyster Bay Road when he was hit by a blue 2002 Cheverolet Impala driving south, according to police. The impact threw Safronov into his friend, another 15-year-old.

Emergency crews raced both victims to . 

Safronov, who experienced the full impact of the car, suffered a severe head injury and was pronounced dead at 1:35 p.m.

The incident occurred in the southbound lane of South Oyster Bay Road near Hicks Road at about 1:05 p.m. Sunday, police said. Traffic in the area was diverted for a time as the accident investigation continued.

Police said the second victim suffered a fractured ankle and is expected to recover.

The 32-year-old driver of the car has not been identified. No criminality is suspected, police said.

The Impala, whose passenger side windshield was shattered, has been impounded for safety inspections.

Howie December 31, 2011 at 05:20 PM
JE- They may have been at the shoulder at the time of this accident. That is not in dispute. What I had commented on is the presumption that they would have used the sidewalk if it had been in better condition. This is the notion that I find foolish and insulting based on the accounts of the pattern of behavior that has been established by these boys prior to the accident. I'm sure that if we take a trip from Bethpage to Syosset we will find some usable sidewalk surface. Yet these boys chose to surf the streets and dodge cars along the way. So to blame the sidewalk for them being in the street at this point in their journey is downright ridiculous. And even if we are going to give the benefit of the doubt and say that the sidewalk being unusable for their skateboards was the problem, then all they had to do was pick up their boards and walk. For if you look at that sidewalk, while it is not perfect and it may be a problem for skateboards, it is surely passable by foot. You speak as if there is a 12' wall to scale here. The tablets are raised from roots. Surely a couple of 15 yr olds should have no problem navigating this "rough terrain". The bottom line is the car belonged in the street. They did not. There was also an account of them doing "stunts" just prior to the accident. Did your friend happen to notice if maybe one of those "stunts" resulted in him losing his balance off of the curb and maybe falling into the car? That's a possibility too, isn't it?
bree January 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
i miss him every day. rest in peace <3 you were a great friend
bree January 01, 2012 at 08:12 PM
and you guys can be a little considerate ? someone passed away and ur sitting there arguing its there fault ?? honestly it doesnt matter. hes gone. and so many people are hurt. he cant take responsibility hes gone. you people make me sick. it doesnt matter that no one will ever see him again. it just matters its his fault for not walking and skating. people make mistakes. they do it every day. its almost been 2 months and its just getting harder. i have to remind myself not to text him because hes never going to get it. im not trying to be rude i just cant take his loss. he was loved by so many people including his mom and brother and father and grandmother. it was horrible seeing the funeral. and the wake. so many kids showed up. so please. for me and him stop blaming him and just respect him and respect his family and friends. we all miss him more than you can imagine.
bree January 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
And cj, you can text me anytime im always here. ik we havnt spoken in a while but i am always here
Howie January 01, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Its unfortunate that you lost your friend and I sympathathize with you. But your anger and frustration is misplaced. The assessment of blame in this case is being perpetuated solely by your friend's parents' filing suit against everybody and anybody they can. I'm not sure what they hope to gain from this. Only they can tell you. But you are going to have to grow to expect this type of discussion as long as they seem to trying to seek some monetary gain because of the accident.


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