The family of a teen hit by a car Tuesday morning in Northport has created a fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of his serious injuries.
Miles Lerner, 14, was hit as he crossed the road at Laurel Hill Road and Pine Hill Court, on his way to cross-country practice at Northport High School. He was airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center with serious injuries.
Ayla Lerner, who identified herself as Miles’ older sister, wrote, “My brother was crossing the street & was hit by a car. He’s alive in intensive care due to his traumatic brain injury. This is a strain on our family & we appreciate any help.”
“The accident is under investigation, so I am not able to go into too much detail, but he is currently in pediatric intensive care, and his injuries are extremely severe. The media has reported that the driver who hit him is uninsured which adds an element of financial strain. I am creating this page because I know many people would want to help my brother in his time of need. This applies to those of us lucky enough to know him, and those who would love him if they knew him like I do.”
“Lastly, whatever you believe, please join me in praying for the speedy recovery of my brother. Miles…I love and miss you.”
As of 8:10 p.m., after four hours online, the campaign had raised $20,760, with 266 contributors.
His sister said he was looking forward to starting high school, where he was going to be a member of the cross country team and a member of the freshman choir.
Suffolk police said the driver, Janet Aliperti, 57, of East Norwich, was charged with aggravated unlicense operation of a motor vehicle, third degree, operation while registration is suspended and an uninsured vehicle. Police said she was eastbound on Laurel Hill Road when she struck the boy.
Classes start Thursday in the Northport school district.