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[Update, June 26] Long Island Crash Seriously Injures Avon Teen

According to police, an 18-year-old Avon boy is in serious condition after a crash early Monday morning.

HAUPPAUGE, NY – An Avon teen was sent to the hospital and is listed in serious condition after cops say he ran a red light and was involved in an accident with another car early Monday morning on Route 347 in Hauppauge, NY.

According to Suffolk County Police, Todd Slater, 18, of Avon, was driving west on Route 347 when he "apparently ran a red light" at the intersection of Route 111. His 1999 Volvo and a 2012 Audi collided around 12:30 a.m.

Slater was on his way home from a friend’s graduation party in Long Island, a week before his own, when he said he noticed a red light last minute, tried to brake and was not able to stop the car. As the car continued through the intersection, the other vehicle, coming from a steep angle in the crossing lane, struck the driver’s side of his car, he said.

Slater had to be extricated from his car, police said, and was transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center. Slater said he had a broken femur, cracked ribs and a lanced spleen as a result of the accident. He is undergoing physical therapy for his leg with the broken femur, he told Avon Patch on June 26.

The driver of the Audi, Leonard Olmstead, and a passenger were treated for minor injuries.

Police are investigating the crash and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452. All calls will be kept confidential.  

Editor's Note: An original version of this article on Hauppauge Patch stated that Todd Slater is 17, but he is actually 18. The article also said that Slater had a broken hip, which he said was not the case. He said he had a broken femur, cracked ribs and a lanced spleen. Finally, the initial article stated that Slater hit the other car involved in the accident, but he said that the other vehicle struck the driver's side of his car. The original information Patch received came from a press release from the Suffolk County Police sent to multiple media outlets. The article was corrected at 9:35 p.m. on June 26, 2012. 

Pavio June 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Know him... he's such a careful driver. I wonder what happened? He's the last person I'd expect to get in a car crash. I have gotten when I drive with him because he always goes at or UNDER the speed limit, which is unlike other drivers on the road :(
Karen Cianci June 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It's possible that he was tired and didn't see the red light. Prayers needed now please.
Nicole June 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
That is a dangerous and confusing intersection. I hope that he is well soon.
Haisley June 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Sending our best prayers for Todd and his family!

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