Suffolk County Police Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a pedestrian in Patchogue early this morning.
Walter Orlando Matute Penaranda was crossing Montauk Highway east of Bay Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene at approximately 4:20 a.m. The vehicle was described as a gray or silver two-door sedan with a rear spoiler, possibly an older model Honda.
Penaranda, 24, of Patchogue, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition.
Based on witness accounts, there were additional vehicles traveling westbound at the time of the incident and detectives believe there may be more witnesses to the crash.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed or has information on this crash to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.