The parked pickup truck on Pulaski Street that was hit by a taxicab tonight. (Photo: Peter Blasl)

(Updated: July 14- 4:15 p.m.) Tarrell Halloway, the passenger in the taxi cab involved in the accident last night, was released from Stony Brook University Hospital today, a hospital spokesperson said this afternoon.

(Updated: July 14- 7 a.m.) No criminal charges are anticipated as a result of the accident last night on Pulaski Street, Riverhead Town Police said in a press release issued late last night.

Police said the driver of the taxi, Charles L. Williams, 23, of Riverhead, was “distracted” as he picked something up off the floor and veered across the oncoming lane of travel before crashing into the Nissan pickup truck parked on the eastbound side of the road.

The taxi’s passenger, Tarell Holloway, 26, of Riverhead, was Williams’ friend, sustained a serious head injury in the accident, police said.  Halloway was decribed by police as a friend of the driver.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks, police said.

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A taxicab passenger was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital following a motor vehicle accident on Pulaski Street in Riverhead tonight.

The cab in which the passenger was riding crashed into a parked pickup truck west of Osborn Avenue, according to police at the scene.

The taxi, operated by Day and Night Taxi and Limo of Riverhead, was westbound on Pulaski Street when it crashed into the pickup, which was unoccupied. The accident occurred shortly before 8:30 p.m.

The male driver of the cab, who was not injured, was issued a summons, police said. No further information was immediately available.

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and transported the victim to the landing zone on the Pulaski Street athletic field. Riverhead Fire Department volunteers secured the landing zone for the Suffolk Police Medevac helicopter.

Riverhead Police detectives are investigating the crash scene. Pulaski Street between Hamilton and Osborn avenues is closed to traffic while the scene is investigated. 

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