Stony Brook U athlete in critical condition after being struck by driver

STONY BROOK — Police say an 18-year-old Stony Brook University athlete was critically injured after being struck by a car.

Noah Farrelly is fighting for his life after the Stony Brook University cross country runner was hit by a minivan.

According to Suffolk police, the 18-year-old was running across Nichols Road at the intersection of Health Sciences Drive which is near the university’s entrance. Officers say the division 1 athlete was crossing against the light when he was struck by a Dodge Caravan.

Farrelly is listed in critical condition at SBU Hospital.

In response, the director of athletics wrote in part, “We would like to thank the community for the outpouring of concern, prayers, and well wishes for Noah Farrelly while he is being cared for at Stony Brook University Hospital. Noah remains in the hospital under the care of the trauma team.”

The driver of the dodge, 65-year-old Mohammad Refaat, of Patchogue, was not injured in the accident and police say no charges have been filed.

Some residents and students say many of the roads surrounding the school can be dangerous.

“Most of the roads that lead from campus to the residential areas the larger roads like Nichols, they don’t have sidewalks or curb to walk on,” SBU student George Ogorodnik said.

Even though the speed limit is only 45 miles per hour on Nichols Road,

Wednesday, a GoFundMe for Farrelly was created to help his family during the difficult time and in under 24 hours, it has exceeded the $10,000 goal.