N.Y. officer badly injured in crash responding to call

By Bill Mason

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. A Hempstead police officer heading to an emergency call was badly injured last night when his car was struck by a driver at a traffic intersection, police said.

The officer, whose name was not released, was hospitalized at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola with five broken ribs, face trauma and a possible broken ankle, police said.

Hempstead Lt. Peter MacNamara said the officer was driving one of three vehicles that were responding with lights and sirens about 9:15 p.m. to a reported gas station larceny.

At the intersection of Peninsula Boulevard and Sycamore Avenue in Hempstead, the officer, in the lead police car, was struck by a civilian vehicle, MacNamara said.

The operator of the civilian car, whose name was not released, was treated for minor injuries at the hospital, police said. There were no charges filed last night, MacNamara said.

A spokesman for Winthrop confirmed the officer was brought to the hospital but would not release details about his condition.

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