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A 42-year-old Riverhead woman has succumbed to injuries sustained in a Sept. 8 motor vehicle crash on Sunrise Highway, Suffolk County Police announced yesterday.

Lisa Hynds, 42, of Riverhead, was struck by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver on eastbound Sunrise Highway in Sayville last Wednesday, according to Suffolk Police.

Hynds was a passenger in a vehicle in a 2011 Toyota Yaris being operated eastbound by Miguel Berdecia, 46, of Central Islip just before 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 8, when the Toyota struck the center median, followed by the guardrail of the right lane, before becoming disabled sideways, facing north, in the center lane, police said in a press release.

Police said Hynds exited the Toyota, which was then struck in the driver’s side by an eastbound 2011 Jeep Liberty operated by Daniel Lazzaro, 37, of Centereach. The impact of the crash caused the Toyota to strike the Hynds, police said. She was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition, according to police.

Berdecia, the driver of the Toyota, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Lazzaro was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, police said.

Hynds was the mother of a young daughter. Her friend Nicole Porter has started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help Hynds’ mother pay funeral expenses.


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

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