For Immediate Release
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Incident: Man Arrested for Leaving the Scene of a Crash that Injured a Pedestrian
Location: In Front of 8 Winston Drive, Shirley
Date/Time: Friday, March 15, 2019 at approximately 9:55 p.m.

Suffolk County Police last night arrested a man for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash that injured a pedestrian in Shirley.


Michael Gruce was driving a 2008 Ford Econoline van, backing out of the driveway of 8 Winston Drive, when the van struck and ran over a male pedestrian at approximately 9:55 p.m.  Gruce left the scene in the Ford. The victim was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.


Gruce was located and arrested on Weeks Avenue in Manorville at 11:35 p.m. Gruce, 50, of Shirley, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident 1st Degree and Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree. He is being held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip in the morning.



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Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 19-158494
Suffolk County Police Department

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