October 2, 2012 | 2 comments | 93 views
Injured police officer remains in critical condition after undergoing two surgeries
4th Precinct officer struck near Atlantic Beach Bridge in Lawrence during a traffic stop
The 57-year old Nassau County police officer from the 4th Precinct who was struck by a 2004 Audi being driven by a 43-year old man on Oct. 2, has undergone two surgeries, according to a hospital official.
On Oct. 2, he had surgery after he arrived on that Tuesday to repair his bladder as he had serious internal injuries.
The orthopaedist performed pelvic stabilization surgery on Oct. 4. "It is anticipated that the pelvic repair surgery will be performed in about a week. He remains in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit," said Shelley Lotenberg,
director of Public Affairs at Nassau University Medical Center.
The officer was hit during a traffic stop near Cedarlawn Avenue north of the Atlantic Beach Bridge in Lawrence, according to police.
The officer, who suffered a fractured skull, pelvis and right leg and massive internal bleeding, was airlifted by helicopter to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, police said.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the driver of the vehicle the officer stopped remained at the scene. The circumstances that prompted the traffic stop also were unclear. A (-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman were passengers in the Audi. No other injuries were reported.
The bridge, which was closed to traffic for three hours in both directions, was reopened before 4 p.m.
Police impounded the Audi for a safety inspection as they continue their investigation of the incident.