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Kings Park Teen Airlifted After Car Crash

Jonathan Tully was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a pickup truck.

A Kings Park teenager was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after a car crash on Sunday morning.

According to Suffolk County Police, Jonathan Tully, 16, of Kings Park was riding his bike on Meadow Road when he was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck. Brian Simmons, 21, also of Kings Park was driving west near Magellan Drive at approximately 10 a.m. when he struck Tully.

Tully, who suffered a head injury, was transported by police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center and was admitted in stable but guarded condition.

Police impounded the truck for a safety check. According to police, the investigation is ongoing.

Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the Fourth Squad at (631) 854-8452.

KP Pride for Life December 19, 2011 at 04:01 AM
I did not know "Laurie" was a psychic detective. I must be nice to know it all before all the facts are discovered. You opened yourself up to a lot of criticism!
Sally December 19, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Was he riding on the right or left side of road? Was he wearing a helmet?
Jean Marie December 19, 2011 at 07:18 AM
Wishing the teen a speedy recovery...hoping he is home for Christmas with his friends & family. God Bless.
dean December 19, 2011 at 08:24 AM
the kid was crossing the street on his bike with his hood up didnt even look crossing the road laurie dont put young adults into a category saying were basically not responsible and we text her drive mean while i bet you text and drive or talk on your phone and drive all the time so dont put an input if 1 you dont know what your talking about or 2 you wishing john a fast recovery...enough said.
John Brian Silverio December 19, 2011 at 12:22 PM
This is where I ride my road bike! I was nearly hit locally when a lady ran a stop sign at Montrose Lane the other day. I caught her while she was stopped at Indian Head Rd. and told her how she nearly ran me over. Luckily, I am a defensive rider. She was apologetic and told me nobody is usually on that intersection. Huh?! There is a reason why there is a stop sign on that intersection. It means FULL STOP! She said it might be her blind spot but if she just stopped and looked, she would have noticed me. I saw her slow down just a bit and accelerate on her turn. Didn't stop at all. Speedy recovery to the kid. I'm not blaming anybody. Regardless on who is at fault, drivers should be more cautious and be aware of cyclists. Cars have more control. PLEASE!
Anon December 19, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Sad news about this accident. Praying for John's recovery and for peace for Brian.
Susan K December 19, 2011 at 02:21 PM
Best wishes to the boy for a speedy recovery and hopefully he will be home for Christmas. Thoughts and prayers also go out to the driver of the truck who is most likely devastated that this happened. Details are not clear so no one knows why this happened - the only important thing now is for a full recovery for this boy.
Monique Hennings December 19, 2011 at 02:41 PM
According to a Suffolk County police officer, the truck was starting to pass the cyclist with a wide berth, but the cyclist unexpectantly turned directly in front of him.
lisa costello December 19, 2011 at 03:04 PM
bottom line...too any cars on the roads and not enough safe areas for pedestrians and cyclists.if you read the paper,everyday there is an incident involving pedestrians. with that said,prayers to this young man for a full recovery.
Susan Lasnier December 19, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Hope this boy has a speedy recovery and is home with his family soon. That being said, Meadow Road needs a couple of Stop signs on it to slow pople down. Large trucks and passenger cards speed down every day, and there are lots of blind driveways on Meadow Road. Wake up Towns of Smithtown and Kings Park and install some Stop signs on Meadow Road!
michelle soss December 19, 2011 at 05:42 PM
The whole High School is devastated - John is a very friendly - well liked kid - I know my daughter is quite upset - We are all praying for him and his family .......... I would agree Meadow road is a dangerous place - there are no side walks on most of the road - stop signs or blinking yellows should be considered
dean December 19, 2011 at 06:07 PM
my friend brian that hit him sent me a picture of the truck and the bike he was going towards town and he started to go around the kid he was pretty much on the other side of the road and the kid was riding his bike with his hood up and just decided to cross the road didnt look or anything he just went and meadow road does not need stop signs bicyclist should stay on 25a where theres a BIKELANE! they lead to the same place why take the road that isnt safe 25a even has a sidewalk...
Rebecca December 19, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Cyclists need to pay more attention to where they are going. I see it all the time. They think that because they are on a bike it's easier to avoid other vehicles and that the rules of the road dont apply to them. I hope the kid has a safe recovery and I hope he can take this as a lesson learned. Brian stay strong buddy. This isn't your fault! <3
John Brian Silverio December 19, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Okay let's start the cyclist / car war if you want. We ride Meadow Rd. because we want to. All roads are for cars and cyclists. Why restrict "us" to 25A. Back to topic, Brian did the right thing but some things are just accidents. Just praying for both of them. This is traumatic. I was actually antsy on my ride today.
dean December 19, 2011 at 07:31 PM
the whole law about bikers riding with traffic only apply to road bikes that can keep up with traffic i see kids on bmx bikes all the time cutting in front of cars or riding with other kids taking up the whole road...road bikes are a different story
John Brian Silverio December 19, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Well then I agree on that. I see kids on BMX with no regard to safety at all as well. They should also be wearing helmets, not for anything else but safety. There should be education about this for local kids.
dean December 19, 2011 at 08:33 PM
sometimes it takes accidents like this for kids to learn its unfortunate but if theres a class about bike safety kids are still gonna think its a joke you know kids these days none of them listen
amanda December 20, 2011 at 04:24 AM
As sad as this is, hope he has a speedy recovery. But Laurie is right. He probably was texting. Everyone has so much more going on that they don't pay attention when they drive. N dean.....who doesn't text or talk while driving....?!??! Let alone playing stupid games n checking Facebook?! Guarantee you do it too!!! Its too late to point fingers...it happened and its unfortunate...we can only hope people learn from it. It's sad and hope he's ok.
Donna D December 20, 2011 at 05:02 AM
My heart and prayers go out to Jonathan, Brian, and their family and friends.
dean December 20, 2011 at 06:20 AM
actually there are responsible people amanda and alot of people dont text and drive cause there responsible and i gurrantee you he was not texting and driving.
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) December 20, 2011 at 02:57 PM
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Alex Fonteboa December 20, 2011 at 10:19 PM
I'm a friend of the family , let's all wish him a speedy recovery and stop pointing our fingers right now . Rob , I'm there for you ....
Steve December 20, 2011 at 11:13 PM
I a friend of the younger brother josh and hope nothing goes wrong. STOP POINTING FINGERS!!!!! theres no reason for it it wasn't planned it was an accident so just pray and stop running your mouths in unfortunate and mean ways.
I live in KP December 21, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Lets All Hope For A Christmas Miracle
Donna D December 21, 2011 at 03:25 AM
So agree with "I live in KP". Both the families are truly suffering now. Stop the blame game and pray for these families.
Chris December 30, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Any update on how John is doing?
KP Student January 07, 2012 at 01:16 AM
According to John on his Facebook, he is doing better and will be home 'soon'.
Shana R. January 07, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I Love my friend john so much, I just received news that a peer of mine Nick hien Died today in a car to bike collision. I think that especially this time of year people must pay attention wheather on bike or in car. I'm in shock that first my best friend and now my peer have been harmed. Must we all live in feer of riding BIKE!? Alll i know is that I don't want to loose anyone close to me... especially to ignorance and stupidity. Everyone take heed! Drive safe because I know i wouldn't want to be the one all over the wind shield. Would you?
Peggy Gilmartin January 07, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Nick was riding a dirt bike.
sara January 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Its very shocking

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