News reports from Long Island say a 22-year-old volunteer firefighter responding to the Long Beach firehouse using the blue lights on a 1999 Buick Century hit two pedestrians early this (Saturday) morning, killing one. The station had been alerted for a house fire.
A woman, 57, and a man, 60, were walking north across East Park Avenue around 12:30 a.m. after leaving the Half Moon Bar and Grill, Nassau County police said in a news release.
The Buick, traveling west on East Park Avenue near Riverside Boulevard, struck the duo, police said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by a Long Beach Fire Department emergency medical technician.
The man was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition, with injuries including a broken spine, lacerated kidney and multiple fractures, police said. Police did not identify either pedestrian.
The firefighter was first heading to the Long Beach Fire Station located at City Hall, less than one block away.
The vehicle, with front-end damage, was impounded for a safety check, police said. The driver remained at the scene.
Police said no criminality is suspected at this point, but the investigation is continuing.
Police have not released the identities of the victims or driver.