Police: Man Sideswipes Minivan, Sends Three To Hospital


A Riverhead man was arrested last week after authorities said he sideswiped a minivan in Flanders, sending a family of three to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, before unsuccessfully attempting to flee the scene.

Police said Nazim Cosar, 48, tried to drive away following the accident, which occurred at 12:46 p.m. on February 18 on Flanders Road, when he crossed the double yellow line while heading east in his Nissan Pathfinder and sideswiped a Honda minivan heading in the opposite direction.

He continued driving east after the collision but was apprehended about 20 minutes later when his SUV broke down a short distance from the accident scene, according to authorities.

Mr. Cosar was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury, a misdemeanor, as well as moving from his lane unsafely and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both violations.

Southampton Town Police Sergeant Susan Ralph said Mr. Cosar was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Police said the three people in the minivan—a man, a woman and their 3-year-old son—were all transported by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries. Mr. Cosar did not require medical attention, according to police.

He was taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays, processed and released on an appearance ticket returnable to the Southampton Town Justice Court. He is set to be arraigned at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12.

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