Spencer Shea of Riverhead is in stable condition at Stony Brook University Hospital, recovering after being critically injured in a serious auto accident on Saturday.

Shea, 14, was partially ejected from a vehicle involved in a single-car accident on Osborne Avenue near Reeves Avenue Saturday morning at around 1 a.m., according to police. The driver of his car, the victim’s brother, Luke Shea, 19, lost control and hit several trees along the road, police said. He was arrested by Riverhead police and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The driver and three other passengers in the car, who were all wearing seatbelts, did not sustain serious injuries, police said. Spencer was not wearing a seatbelt, according to police. He was airlifted to Stony Brook.

Posting to a Facebook fan page created for Spencer after the accident, his mother, Kathleen Shea of Riverhead, wrote late last night that Spencer is making strides but faces a long recovery. He has begun breathing on his own, without the aid of a ventilator, and is being monitored for swelling of and possible damage to his brain in the accident. She said he will likely face surgery later this week to repair broken bones in his face.

“Keep the prayers, they are working,” she wrote.

Friends and neighbors are organizing assistance with meals and chores for the Shea family. Kahtleen and her husband Mike, in addition to Luke and Spencer, have two younger sons. If you can help, email Tanya Doherty at [email protected]

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