West Islip Teen Dies Two Weeks After Crash

Thomas Labetti was in critical condition after he was hit by car while riding his bike Sept. 11; he died in the hospital Thursday.

Thomas Labetti, the West Islip 15-year-old hit by a car while riding his bicycle in town two weeks ago, has died of his injuries in the hospital, Suffolk County Police confirmed Thursday night. 

Labetti was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center after the accident on Sept. 11 by West Islip Fire Department Rescue and listed in critical condition with "severe internal injuries," police said. He died on Thursday afternoon. 

Labetti was riding southbound on Udall Road, near Pine Avenue, when he was struck by a 2006 Chevy Tahoe that was also headed southbound at the time of the crash, police said. 

The driver of the Tahoe, 34-year-old Dennis A. Grabhorn Jr., of West Islip, was not injured in the crash. 

No criminal charges have been filed against Grabhorn. The West Islip community rallied around the Labetti family after the crash by organizing meal donations for the family. 

Funeral arrangements are currently being made and Patch will post them as soon as they are confirmed.  


Kathleen September 28, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I am so sorry. I will keep the Labetti family in my prayers and pray that the Lord will give them strength during this difficult time.
Jared September 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Tommy was a good kid and one if my great friends and hysterical cryed and said no words since I can't handle the fact he's gone I will pray for the labetti family through this time and we know he's watching down on us from a better place now :( he will be missed so much his sister in my grade is devasted I feel so bad I miss him already its going to be hard know the fact he's gone R.I.P tommy
melissa September 28, 2012 at 10:19 AM
My heart goes out to the family and his friends at tis time. God Bless Patton Family
LovetoRun September 28, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. God Bless
Kevin Micucci September 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM
A piece of all of us died yesterday. Tommy was a good boy from a good family. My son is devastated at the loss of his dear friend. We continue to pray for the Labetti family. God bless you Tommy. The Micucci Family
Andrea September 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM
our thoughts and prayers are with the Labetti family at this terrible time. God Bless.
Mom8 September 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with the Labetti family. So sad to lose such a wonderful young man. I also pray for Dennis, I hope he can find peace in his soul.
Eddy September 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
So sad. I can't even begin to imagine what toms family is going through right now. As a father of 3 including a 14 year old son I am truly heartbroken. Let us all pray for tommy and all the kids riding , boarding and walking around town. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times. God bless.
Kevin OConnor September 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
The food chain that has been started to help the Labetti family during this difficult time has been extended. If you wish to provide a dinner for the Labetti family: go to the Labetti Family's personal CareCalendar site, visit http://carecalendar.org/logon/124904 and enter the following information in the appropriate spaces: CALENDAR ID : 124904 SECURITY CODE: 1463 Please provide a current phone and email in case your meal needs to be canceled by the family for any reason. Jeanne-Marie O’Connor and family
frank toohey September 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
we are so sorry for your terrible loss-words do not express GOD BLESS your family--the tooheys
Victor & Jeanette Lopez September 28, 2012 at 09:09 PM
The Lopez Family: Victor & Jeanette Words can't express how sorry we are in the loss of your son Tommy, our prayers to the Labetti Family RIP Tommy Labetti!!
Kevin OConnor September 29, 2012 at 02:42 AM
The wake is set for Saturday 7 to 9:30, Sunday 2-4:30, 7-9:30 at Chappy’s of West Islip. The Funeral ceremony will be Monday at 10:30 am At Our Lady Of Lourdes. The family has asked you do not send flowers but wait for a memorial fund or donation In the future. Thank You, Jeanne-Marie
nancy September 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
People call us WIFLs--West Islip For Life---when I see our community band together like this, it makes proud to live here. Thank you O'Connor family for putting all of this together for this family....keep us posted regarding future plans. May God bless the Labettis....
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Bilbo Chesterson January 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I knew Tommy. I saw him almost everyday when i went to my cousins house who was also his cousin but Tommy and I werent related. He was so kind to my little brother and I. I absolutley loved hanging out with him until I heard on 9/12/12. My father picked me up from school and he asked if I rode my bike in the street. I said only when i am crossing. Why? My father said that Tommy was hit by a car. The next weeks i kept asking my dad how Tommy was. He repeatedly said nothing changed. I was devastated. Then he told me he opened his eye, then closed his eye. Turns out, it was just a reflex. Then a day or 2 later, my dad told me that Tommy was functioning which was amazing! Then that phone rang and i picked up. It was my dad. I asked how he was. My dad said something bad happened. I asked what happened. My dad told me Tommy passed away. I dropped te phone and fell down to tears crying for 7 hours straight. I kept saying that i never got to say goodbye. Tommy will be deeply missed and i never wil forget him. He always made me laugh and we had great times together. Im still upset and still crying that hes not alive anymore. R.I.P Thomas Salvatore Labetti. Greatest friend of mine ever lived. R.I.P 


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