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Sunbather Run Over By Police SUV Responding to Call

Sunbather Run Over By Police SUV Responding to Call

Just 3 hours before the drowning, further up, the beach, a cop in an SUV ran over a sunbather on a lounger as he responded to a distress call. [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

May 27, 2010

BROOKLYN – Tragedy marred one of the first beach days of the season as a Brooklyn teen was swept out to sea on Long Island – and a nearby sunbather was run over by a cop in an SUV, officials said.

Sunbather Marshall Starkman, 43, of Oceanside, L.I., miraculously survived being crushed into the sands of Long Beach by the police SUV yesterday.

But Manuel Tiburcio, 19, of Brooklyn, was done in by the Atlantic Ocean’s surging surf, officials said.

Tiburcio and three college friends from Queens were wading in waist-high water about 3 p.m. when they were pulled under by booming surf and churning currents, said Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan.

Lifeguards rescued three of them, but the search for Tiburcio was eventually called off, Theofan said. “One of his friends told our police officer that the very last thing they heard the victim say was that he could not swim,” Theofan said, noting there were a number of rescues at the beach yesterday.

Earlier, Long Beach cop Paul DeMarco was responding to a distress call when he drove his Dodge Durango over Starkman, who was stretched out in a chaise longue.

DeMarco, who has roughly 15 years on the job, had been talking with his daughter, who was at the beach, prior to the distress call.

When he went to respond, DeMarco made a right turn in the SUV, and Starkman was lying in his blind spot, Theofan said.

Starkman, who a fire official said had tire marks on his back, was airlifted to a Nassau County hospital, Theofan said. He suffered serious but nonlife-threatening injuries.

“There’s nothing here that tells us it’s anything but an unfortunate accident,” Theofan said.

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    djs2v

    about 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    What a sad story. Get well.

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    uncledennis1

    about 4 years ago

    23286 Comments

    Sad.

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    copper380

    about 4 years ago

    2026 Comments

    Bump Straightshooter

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    KAICHARESE

    about 4 years ago

    2762 Comments

    very sad story

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    David4946

    about 4 years ago

    1326 Comments

    Heart breaking story.. Get well soon

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Prayers to the friends and family.

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    bklyn

    about 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    every year , parts of Rockaway Beach , as are other beaches , are closed due to swimmers being swept out to sea. the undertow ain't nothin nice. ive been swept out and was way over my head after losing balance in two-three feet of water.
    Condolances to the victims and families.

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    wildsoldier

    about 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    This is a tragic situation two families in turmoil. RIP to the young man who drowned and we pray for a fast recover to the man who was hit by the SUV. Prayers go out to both families and friends of each..

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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Bump 36TR

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Blessings to all involved

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    policeryan

    about 4 years ago

    852 Comments

    thank god he is alive

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    What a series of tragic events...

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    36TR

    about 4 years ago

    7614 Comments

    This is not a good thing. My condolences to the family of the lost swimmer. Speedy recovery to the injured sunbather!!

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    NewYork911

    about 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    Not good...Sounds like they will re-think the SUV response..I agree, use the 4 wheelers.

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    OFFICER_K_CPD

    about 4 years ago

    2296 Comments

    GL.

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