What to Know
- A woman was hurt by a hit-and-run driver on Long Island late Monday, police say
- The 36-year-old woman had pulled over in Brentwood to help an injured dog when the driver hit her and kept going
- The woman is expected to survive, however, the dog died at the scene
A woman who pulled over on Long Island to help rescue an injured dog was hurt herself when a hit-and-run driver smacked into her and sped off, police say.
Cops claim a 36-year-old woman stopped on the southbound side of Fifth Avenue near Inchcape Road in Brentwood on Monday night to give a hand to an injured pooch stuck in the road. When the woman got out of her car, a gray sedan barreled into her and kept on going.
The woman was taken to a hospital in Bay Shore to be treated for injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening. However, the dog she was trying to help, died at the scene, officials said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the dog was hit by a car or injured elsewhere and ventured to the area.
Later Tuesday, cops say their investigation determined Oscar Canales-Cruz was the driver behind the wheel of the gray sedan. Canales-Cruz, 36, of Bay Shore, was arrested and charged with with leaving the scene of an incident with injuries and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to Suffolk County police.
It wasn't clear whether Canales-Cruz had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.