Cedarhurst teen charged in scooter hit-and-run

54-year-old man struck outside Wok Tov on Central Avenue


One of the two young men alleged to have struck a 54-year-old man outside of the Wok Tov kosher Chinese restaurant at 394 Central Ave. in Cedarhurst on Sept. 14, was arrested, police said.

Yosef Soyonov, 17, of Chestnut Street, also in Cedarhurst was charged with assault third-degree, reckless endangerment second-degree and leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury. He will be arraigned on Dec. 19 at First District Court 99 Main Street in Hempstead.

According to police, two young men, one 15 to 17 years old, who was the alleged driver of a green electric motorized scooter, the other the passenger considered to be 10 to 13, apparently struck the man and then rode off.

Based on the surveillance photos the incident occurred between 5:41 and 5:44 p.m. on that Friday. Police said that the man walked out of Wok Tov and onto the sidewalk when the scooter then hit him.

After the crash both driver and passenger, who fell off the scooter, walked away without identifying themselves. They are described as white and both were wearing white shirts, black pants and yarmulkes on their heads. The man suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Fourth Squad detectives are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 244-8477. All calls are confidential.