Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating those involved in an accident in Huntington on Sunday that seriously injured a police officer.
Police say at 6:20 p.m., Second Precinct police officer Tim Tonkin had stopped on the east side of Greenlawn Road, near the intersection of Hampton Court, and exited his car to check for a flat tire when the officer observed several white utility or tree trimming trucks approaching him.
One of the trucks or material in back of one of the trucks struck the officer in the head and caused him to fall, police say, when a truck then ran over his right arm and shoulder.
The trucks did not stop and continued to travel north on Greenlawn Road. The trucks are believed to be white with flashing yellow lights and were carrying tree branches and debris.
Detectives are looking to interview the driver of a white Mercedes SUV that was reportedly in the area at the time of the incident. They also want to speak with area residents who may have hired private landscapers on Sunday, Nov. 4, with trucks matching the description above.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about the incident, witnessed the crash when it occurred, or has information on the vehicles involved to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
All calls will be kept confidential. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash rewardof up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.