SELDEN – Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash that killed a man in Selden tonight.
Zachary Rauso was driving a 1999 Mercury southbound on Dare Road, when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a Suffolk Transit bus that was traveling northbound on Dare Road.
Rauso, 20, of Selden, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The bus driver, Leonard Secaira, 52, and the lone passenger on the bus were transported via Selden Rescue to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The bus was inspected by the Suffolk County Police Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Safety Section and towed from the scene. The Mercury was impounded for a safety check.
The investigation is continuing. Detectives are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Anyone that witnessed this crash and has not yet been interviewed by detectives is asked to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.
PORT JEFFERSON STATION-
Suffolk County Police arrested a Medford man for robbing a Port Jefferson Station bank earlier this month. The arrest was made on July 14, 2015. Peter Iatauro, 32, was charged by Pattern Crime Unit detectives with Robbery 3rd Degree for robbing HSBC Bank on July 10 and by the Sixth Precinct Special Operations Team detectives with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree for possession of heroin. Iatauro was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and arraigned the following morning at First District in Central Islip.
Iatauro entered the HSBC Bank, located at 574 Jefferson Shopping Plaza, at approximately 2:35 p.m on Ju;i 10, 2105. He approached a teller and presented a note demanding cash. The teller complied with the demand and the suspect fled on foot southbound on Route 112. The suspect was described as white, 6 feet tall, approximately 30-years-old, skinny, unshaven, with red hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red baseball cap.
HAUPPAUGE NY- Suffolk County Police have arrested a Ridge man for driving while ability Impaired by Drugs after his vehicle struck and seriously injured a 7-year-old girl in Hauppauge last night.
Brandon Cumberbatch, 21, was driving a 2002 Chevy Impala southbound on Route 111 when his vehicle struck a 2008 Toyota minivan driven by Arunima Singh, 40, who was also travelling southbound on Route 111 with her two children in the car.
Cumberbatch’s vehicle veered onto the shoulder, over the curb and into the parking lot of the Hauppauge Plaza and struck an unoccupied parked vehicle.
Singh and her son, Avaneesh, 18, and daughter Bhaswi, 7, were transported via Hauppauge Rescue to Stony Brook University Hospital. The mother and her son were treated for minor injuries and the daughter is in serious condition with a fractured skull and facial injuries.
Cumberbatch was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs. He was transported to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown for observation. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.
The vehicles were impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to call them at 631-852-6555.
PORT JEFFERSON – At 12:00pm July 11, 2015 the Port Jefferson Fire Department, Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance and Suffolk County Police were called to a motor vehicle crash. Reports indicted a car had hit the side of a residence at 121 Belle Terre Road. Upon arrival of the first rescue unit, it was confirmed that a 4 door sedan had crashed straight into the side of the home. The resident living in the house was home at the time of the crash. Rescuers from Port Jefferson Volunteer Ambulance carefully removed the female patient from the vehicle. The female victim was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. Firefighters from the Port Jefferson Fire Department secured the vehicle for removal from the scene.
Neighbor & Port Jefferson resident Jae Hartzell said “I heard a crash and immediately saw a woman’s car turning through the intersection crashing into the house. She defiantly spun around once. She may have been confused and accidentally hit the gas.”
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