A 29-year-old Mineola man's life has been turned upside down after he was struck by a vehicle while attempting to walk home from work.
Scott Diamond, a resident of the Birchwood Court co-op complex, was walking home from the Mineola train station, after working the day in the city as a paralegal.
On Thursday, April 2, between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Diamond had gotten off the train and was walking across Roslyn Road toward the Birchwood Court complex. "I woke up in a hospital and they told me I got hit by a car," he said. "I remember waking up in the middle of the street screaming and someone came over to help me."
Diamond spent the first 12 days in Winthrop-University Hospital and then was moved to the Orzac Center for Extended Care & Rehabilitation in Valley Stream for the recovery of a broken collar bone, a broken elbow, which required surgery, and a broken leg, that required surgery.
Diamond has lived in the Birchwood Court complex over a year and frequently walks. He is disturbed that an incident such as this can occur as he is simply trying to return home.
Diamond estimates that the car was coming southbound on Roslyn Road as he was crossing because the injuries he sustained mostly to his left side.
The accident put Diamond's life on hold. He was unemployed and then secured a job and, after a few days at a new job, was struck by a vehicle.
According to Russ Sutherland, Birchwood Court co-op board president, efforts have been made in the past to secure a light at the entrance and exit to the Birchwood Court complex.
Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins said the Birchwood Court co-op board as well as the village and Legislator Richard Nicolello have asked Nassau County to secure a light for Birchwood Court and Roslyn Road but have not been successful. Roslyn Road is a county road.
The project to eliminate the Roslyn Road grade crossing at the train tracks has perhaps led to vehicles traveling at a greater speed since there is no longer any need to stop or slow down at the tracks.
Mayor Martins points out that the only ingress and egress to the Birchwood Court complex is off Roslyn Road and yet there is no light there. "It's absolutely ridiculous. The county has had every opportunity to address the issue and chose not to," he said.
If anyone has any information regarding the hit and run accident, call the Nassau County Police Third Precinct at 573-6300.