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Updated: April 6, 11:24 a.m. A road rage incident on Sound Avenue turned violent yesterday and ended with a man being airlifted to Stony Brook with a serious stab wound, according to Riverhead Town Police.

Michael Doroski
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Brett Penny, 48, of Hampton Bays and Michael Doroski, 25, of Wading River were both headed eastbound on Sound Avenue around 3:20 p.m. when they became involved in a dispute, according to police. Penny stopped his vehicle, just east of Fresh Pond Avenue, blocking the lane of travel; he then exited the vehicle and Doroski, who had been following behind him in a pickup truck, police said.

That’s when the altercation became physically violent, police said. Doroski allegedly stabbed Penny with a folding knife in the upper torso, according to police. Penny also suffered a laceration to his left hand, police said. Doroski fled the scene but went directly to Riverhead police headquarters and turned himself and the weapon in, according to police.

Penny was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with a bleeding wound that “required stitches,” according to Doroski’s charges, which were read aloud at his arraignment at Riverhead Justice Court today. Penny was listed in fair condition at Stony Brook University Hospital this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Doroski is currently facing charges of assault in the second degree. His bail was set at $10,000 today at Riverhead Justice Court.

The investigation in ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact detectives at 631-727-4500 Ext 332.

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Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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