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Police: Lindenhurst Teen Seriously Injured in Crash, Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested

Crash occurred on N. 8th Street Friday night, police say.

Frederick Hoffman (SCPD photo)
Frederick Hoffman (SCPD photo)

A Lindenhurst man is charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident following a crash Friday night that seriously injured a Lindenhurst teen, police said. 

According to police, Richard Scheuermann, 19, was riding a 2013 Apollo mini-motorcycle north on North 8th Street in Lindenhurst when his vehicle collided with a 1999 GMC Safari van in front of 120 North 8th St. at 10:12 p.m. 

Scheuermann suffered severe injuries to his leg and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, police said. 

The driver of the van, Frederick Hoffman, 43, fled the scene of the crash but was arrested by First Squad detectives a short time later and charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury. 

Hoffman was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. 

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. 

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Larry Gruttemeyer July 06, 2014 at 02:32 PM
No, I researched the mini involved.
jon bay July 07, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Sobriety checkpoints in Lindenhurst…… Like shooting fish in a barrel. Why do we only see them pop up around holidays? lets see them EVERY WEEK. As for traffic guy,why so condescending to larrys astute,common sense response? But then again,you started off that way by depicting a certain portion of community residents as "The marginal bunch".
Elizabeth Hofmann July 07, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Hard to hit someone when they are behind your direct vision. VAn damage was behind the drivers seat.
Larry Gruttemeyer July 07, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Those pesky facts
jon bay July 07, 2014 at 07:03 PM
The damage to the van is not important. the van shouldn't have been on the road. Period. DWI,Leaving the scene of a MVA. Those are the real pesky facts here. Lets hope the kid will be OK and Hoffman loses all he's got.

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