Nassau County Police recently reported that Susan Deturris, 52, of Farmingdale, was traveling northbound on Dec. 31 at 9:30 p.m. on Carmans Road/Block Terrace in her 1997 Ford Taurus when she struck a male victim, Michael Nicosia, 14, also of Farmingdale, on his bicycle.
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A police ambulance transported the victim, who sustained head and torso trauma, to Nassau University Medical Center. According to the family's attorney, Kenneth M. Mollins, Nicosia was on a respirator his first night in hospital and non-responsive.
On Jan. 12 Molins said, "Last evening [Jan. 2] he opened his eyes and became communicative. He asked for pizza and they let his mother go out and get him two slices."
Mollins also stated that on Jan. 3 it appeared Nicosia was "not focused."
"They were talking about transferring to a different facility for treatment for a traumatic brain injury," he added.
On Jan. 7 Nicosia was at brain rehab center at St. Charles. Mollins said the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming.
"His mother felt it was very much appreciated," Mollins said. "The Howitt basketball team came and caused a significant lift in his spirits." Nicosia is an eighth-grader at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale.
The day after his team visited, Mollins said the physical therapist came in and said he was able to move a lot better.
The Nicosia family has initiated a lawsuit against Deturris, and they stated they have not heard from her since the incident.
"We have also filed a notice of claim against Town of Oyster Bay for the defective lighting conditions in the area," Mollins said. "It has been previously reported that he was wearing dark clothes. That's not true. He was wearing a bright orange sweatshirt that night."
The vehicle has been impounded for brake and safety checks. Deturris is being charged with Vehicular Assault 2nd Degree, Driving While Ability Impaired Drugs, Driving While Ability Impaired/Combined Influence and Driving While Alcohol Impaired. She was held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash bail at her Jan. 1 arraignment.