1 dead, 1 critically injured after car strikes pedestrians on Long Island

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LONG BEACH, N.Y. — One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a car slammed into them on Long Island early Saturday.

At about 12:30 a.m., a couple walking north across E. Park Avenue after leaving the Half Moon Restaurant and Bar in Long Beach, when a volunteer firefighter who was on his way to a call struck them, police said.

The woman, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man, 60, was taken to the hospital for several injuries, including multiple fractures, a broken spine and a lacerated kidney, cops said. He remains in critical, but stable condition.

According to officials, the 22-year-old volunteer firefighter was responding to a call for a house fire when he struck the husband and wife. He remained at the scene. Police say his blue emergency lights were on while he drove down the street.

The 1999 Buick was impounded for a safety check.

Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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