Police: Stony Brook Student Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver While Rollerblading

Artem Ayzen is killed in crash on North Country Road Wednesday night, police say.

Artem Ayzen (Photo via LinkedIn)
Artem Ayzen (Photo via LinkedIn)

A Stony Brook University graduate student was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was rollerblading near the Stony Brook campus Wednesday night, police said. 

According to police, Artem G. Ayzen, 25, was rollerblading on North Country Road when he was hit by a vehicle that was heading east on the road shortly before 11 p.m. 

The driver fled the scene in a vehicle described as a dark-colored SUV, with front-end damage, police said. 

Ayzen, of Brooklyn, was transported via Stony Brook Rescue to Stony Brook University Hospital where he died from his injuries, police said. 

Ayzen was a Latvian native, according to his Facebook profile. He worked as a research assistant at Stony Brook and was studying toward his doctorate in electrical and electronics engineering, according to info on his LinkedIn page.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed or has information on the crash to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220- TIPS. 


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Tony Patrick July 10, 2014 at 11:56 AM
11pm and rollorblading? at least bikes have reflectors. still feel bad for him and the family, but pedestrians really need to keep in mind how hard it is to be seen at night by a car. does not excuse the driver for leaving the scene
Maggie July 10, 2014 at 12:03 PM
I have to believe if the driver was not drunk, he/she would have stopped. We're reading about these hit and runs almost daily. Makes me sick. :(
Get Off My Lawn July 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM
I think some of them must be so drunk that they truly don't know they hit a person. Of course others do.
Archie Bunker July 10, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Even if they were drunk, I still think they'd feel the thump thump


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