For Immediate Release
Saturday, March 07, 2020
Incident: Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash
Location: Hawthorne Avenue, just north of Storey Avenue, Central Islip
Date/Time: Friday, March 6, 2020 at approximately 6:35 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Central Islip tonight.


Third Precinct officers responded to Hawthorne Avenue, just north of Storey Avenue, in response to a multi-vehicle crash at approximately 6:35 p.m. An unknown vehicle struck a pedestrian, Terrance Tuffini, on Hawthorne Avenue and fled the scene. Tuffini was then struck by a 2007 Toyota Yaris, operated by Mary Doherty, and was struck again by a 2008 Dodge Nitro driven by Jonathan Hernandez.


Tuffini, 35, of Central Islip was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead. Doherty, 55, of Central Islip, and Hernandez, 25, of Brentwood were not injured. No arrests have been made.


Anyone with information on this crash is asked to call Major Case Unit detectives at 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 20-144425
Suffolk County Police Department

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