Sunbather run over by cops SUV on Long Island

The News Leader

May 27, 2010 6:26:16 AM PDT
A sunbather was run over by a police officer driving on the beach to respond to a reported water rescue in Long Beach this afternoon. The victim was lying in a chair when he was run over by the sport utility vehicle just before 12:30 p.m.

The SUV was operated by a Long Beach Police officer and responding to a report of a surfer in distress.

The sunbather, a man in his 40s, was rushed by helicopter to Nassau University Medical Center.

He had internal injuries and broken bones, but they were non-life threatening.

Police were investigating why the police officer failed to see the sunbather.

The victim's chair was low to the ground, and it may have been obstructed by the sand.

The surfer got out of the water without injury.