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76-Year-Old Holbrook Woman in Serious Condition After Being Hit by Car in Parking Lot

Written by Adina Genn

Suffolk police are investigating an incident that took place Tuesday afternoon that left a 76-year-old woman in serious condition at the Walt Whitman Mall parking lot in South Huntington.

Police said Wednesday afternoon that Helen Rivera, a Holbrook resident, was hit by a brown 2014 Honda CRV driven by Robert Berger, 83, of Jericho, at about 1:30 p.m. 

Police said it appears that Rivera was holding a handicapped parking spot, but it is not confirmed if she was arguing with Berger prior to the crash, police said Wednesday evening.

Earlier news reports stated that the two were arguing over the parking spot near Bloomingdale’s, according to News12 Long Island.

The car, driven by Berger, struck Rivera and a sign, police said.

Rivera was transported by helicopter to Nassau University Medical Center where she was in serious condition, police said. Berger was not injured.

There were no citations, summonses or arrests, police said Wednesday morning.

The incident is still under investigation.

Detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.

R. Smith May 14, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Sounds like the 84 year old has some mental issues, possibly dementia or senility.
John Cosgrove May 14, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Why the hell do people stand in a parking spot? It's rude, it's wrong,and leads to a sad event like this
C O May 14, 2014 at 06:09 PM
R Smith...your probably right. There is no way a sane and mentally stable person would stand in a parking spot and refuse to move out of the way of a multi ton vehicle. Robert Brown has probably had it with morons who think they can flap their mouths without getting put in check. 3 ton SUV :1...stubborn moron: 0
Karen Waszmer Reeves May 14, 2014 at 06:21 PM
I don't understand either person....

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