HOLTSVILLE, NY (WPIX)—A man carrying his 2-year-old son was struck by a minivan while attempting to cross the Long Island Expressway Tuesday night, sending the toddler flying nearly 50 feet across the roadway, PIX News has learned.
According to the Suffolk County Sheriffs Office, 27-year-old Robert Dorsa was driving eastbound on the LIE near exit 62 when he was involved in a one-vehicle accident. Officials say the Ford Focus he was driving, hit the center divider and spun out of control into the HOV lane.
Sources tell PIX News that Dorsa was traveling with his infant son Braydon who he had taken without his mother's knowledge. The vehicle, belonging to the child's mother, was apparently stolen by Dorsa, sources say.
After the accident, the man exited the crashed vehicle and proceeded to grab the baby. With the infant in his arms, the man attempted to cross the Expressway and was struck by a minivan.
The victim was killed instantly. As a result of the impact, the child was thrown 40-50 feet from the man's arms, coming to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.
The child was quickly rushed to Stonybrook University Hospital where he's being treated for unspecified injuries. The child remains hospitalized Wednesday afternoon. Sources say he is in good condition.
In a statement released by the child's grandparents, Braydon is said to be resting comfortably.
"He is in the care and company of his family; he's awake, talking and making his usual demands for his 'ba ba' (bottle)," the statement read. "Braydon is known at the hospital as the 'miracle baby,' and we believe there was a special guardian angel watching over him."
The grandparents requested that their names be withheld for privacy purposes.
The driver of the minivan was also transported to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. The man, 62, does not face any criminal charges, officials said.
Suffolk County Police searched the site of the accident for other victims who may have been struck but no others were found. The Expressway was closed for about 2 hours following the crash.