NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. — A postal worker was struck by a car on Long Island Tuesday afternoon — his leg completely severed, witnesses say.
It happened around 2 p.m. in North Babylon.
Officials say a man was driving a Lincoln Continental westbound on Prairie Drive in North Babylon when his vehicle veered off the road, struck the postal worker, who was standing outside his vehicle holding his bag.
The car then struck the postal truck, a fire hydrant and a telephone pole.
The street in North Babylon is called Prairie Drive, but residents say it really could be called Prairie Highway, the cars clearly whizzing beyond the 30 mph speed limit.
And now with tragic consequences.
"The minute I heard the crash I knew what it was," Evelyn Mundhenk, a neighbor, told PIX11. "It's a constant recurrence on this street."
Evelyn Mundhenk is still so upset, thinking about what happened right outside her front door to the mail carrier so well known and loved by so many here on Prairie Drive.
Another neighbor, nurse from Jamaica Hospital, saw that the letter carrier's leg had been severed.
"I just walked up to him and I saw that his leg had been severed," Jason Leslie, a neighbor told PIX11. "But he was alive."
A state police helicopter transported the letter carrier to Stony Brook Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the Lincoln Continental was questioned by police at the scene and charged with reckless driving.
"It just makes me sick," Eileen Deveglio, another neighbor, told PIX11. "He was just doing his job and he loses his leg. It is very sad," she added.
Neighbors here say there have more and more accidents on this stretch of roadway between Deer Park Avenue and Woods Road and that something must be done.
"The speed limit is 30 miles per hour," Leslie told PIX11. "And I actually bought a speed gun and clicked cars at 79 mph," Leslie added.
Residents here are hoping and praying the letter carrier pulls through and hoping something is finally done to slow the cars down.
The investigation is continuing.
PIX11's Keith Lopez contributed to this report.