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Motorist Hits Man and Dog in West End

Pet dies at the accident scene.

A motorist struck a man and his dog in the West End last Thursday evening.

The Long Beach Fire Department received a called at 11:05 p.m. on Aug. 18 for a pedestrian and his dog who were hit by a car outside the Saloon, at 1016 W. Beech St., according to Chief Richard Corbett.

The man who was hit, a 56-year-old Long Beach resident, suffered major injuries and was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, and his dog died at the accident scene, Corbett said.

* Patch will have further details about this incident as they become available.

Nola August 23, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Jim & Ozzy touched so many lives here in the West End, our hearts are broken & you will forever be in our thoughts.
paul.d.spellman August 23, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Does anyone know what the driver has been charged with for his/her most egregious actions? Have they already been released to rein more havoc on our community? Why no perp walk photos? Do they know someone?
delete me August 23, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Automatically assuming it is a nonresident places the blame elsewhere, it's "them" not "us". Why does residency matter when stupidity doesn't have a permanent address? Blaming outsider for problems within isn't going to help us in the long run. I'm wondering what it is *we* can do collectively. (sorry if I sound pedestal-y) Does anyone know Jims status? Hope he's OK. I'm super bummed about his loss.
Brendan August 23, 2011 at 02:29 PM
The comments here are truly frightening, considering the lack of information that has been officially released. To me, it really isn't clear who is to "blame" for this particular incident and it also doesn't really matter. What matters is that these types of incidents are going to happen when this many people are in a space this small and are operating in various states of consciousness and various modes of transportation. I know many people, myself included, who have been following all posted traffic regulations and have still nearly creamed a bicyclist who thinks stop signs and stop lights don't apply to them. I know pedestrians who have almost been clobbered by cyclists who ride recklessly on the sidewalk. It isn't just the drivers who have to watch what they're doing, it's everyone. This is a serious issue but the responsibility has to fall on the shoulders of every single entity involved or things like this are going to happen even more often.
Robert Demarco August 23, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Drivers need to pay more attention and slow it down, but pedestrians also need to take more responsibility for their own safety and stop the text-walking and other distracting activities, especially in these busy, narrow streets. As bad as some drivers are with cellphones, so are pedestrians. I'm not placing blame, I am just stating my observations.
Outsider August 23, 2011 at 02:58 PM
A few things id like to point out. First, a lot of people here insinuate that only people from out of town speed down our streets and cause accidents.That is obviously not the case. Although in this particular accident I have no idea where the driver is from. If you don't believe me, just sit outside your door in the canals or the president streets and watch your neighbors fly by you while on their cell phones.And BTW, what should the person involved in this particular accident be charged with?
PB August 23, 2011 at 04:37 PM
yes very sad...I heard this morning that Jim died last night.
Misty August 23, 2011 at 06:25 PM
What is Jim's last name? This is so sad.
stacey August 23, 2011 at 07:00 PM
who cares where the driver was from?! people everywhere are so preoccupied with themselves (with or without cell phones), i rarely see people being cordial of one another anymore. my heart goes out to the family of this horrible accident. he was just going out to walk his dog, something he did everyday. it's not fair.
PB August 23, 2011 at 07:16 PM
i think it is McGann
Lynne August 24, 2011 at 12:29 AM
We met Jim and Ozzzie four years ago the first weekend we moved in and they have been in our lives since we moved to Long beach four years ago... I am truly heartbroken. It shows life is too precious and it can change in an instant. The West End won't be the same without them.
Lynne August 24, 2011 at 12:33 AM
I will think of them every morning when I wait for the bus to the LIRR on that corner where I used to greet them every morning on their way to the West End Cafe for Ozzie's treat...
John August 24, 2011 at 12:59 AM
His name was Jim McGeehan. He was my friend and I just heard the news that he did not survive the accident. I spent the best part of my life in Long Beach. I was lucky to meet Jim at work and spend some time Long Beach with him surfing. We worked together for over 20yrs. He lived on Connetticut and just closed on his first house in Aug in EAB. Services are this Thurs & Fri. I can not say how much he loved living at the beach. He was a real waterman. Loved to surf & swim as much as possible. Hopefully you got a chance to meet him. I've lost a friend who I will think about till I kick. You've lost a great neighbor.
LB10 August 24, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I can't help but wonder whether the driver was texting or not. I see people swerve and not paying attention all the time because their heads are looking down at their phone. Give it a rest for a little while for God's sake!!! No text is worth someone's life.
Ron Canner August 24, 2011 at 09:09 PM
It was after 11 at night during the thunderstorm. There was a flash of lightning and a crack of thunder. Ozzie bolted and ran into oncoming traffic. Jim went after him and both were hit by a middle aged woman who is probably distraught. It was a tragic accident.
stacey August 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM
thank you for posting this, ron. this is a horrible and tragic accident. i am sending his family and loved ones my deepest condolences during this very sad and difficult time.
delete me August 25, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Super tragic. My heart goes out to Jim & Ozzies family and friends.
LB4 August 25, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Horrible. My condolences...
Lynne August 26, 2011 at 01:16 AM
I still can't believe it's true even after tonight's services...
Ron Canner August 26, 2011 at 02:40 AM
I know Lynne, I was there too. One of the first things Jim said in the hospital while he was in excruciating pain was to ask about the woman who hit him. He was concerned about her because he knew it wasn't her fault and she must feel terrible about Ozzie. I was asked to try and locate the woman and I did. I left a message for her to say that we were concerned about her. While I was at the service she left a message for me saying she has thought of nothing but Jim since last Thursday night and was praying that he was feeling better. She didn't know he had passed. She said she was going to contact him. I called back and left yet another message asking her to please call me first. I'm sure she figured it out. Poor woman. Such a sad, sad tragedy. His brother John's words tonight were wonderful but heart wrenching. Vaya con dios Ozzie and Jim.
Nola August 26, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Jim was a very loved man, which was so apparent from the number of friends and heartwarming stories that were shared about both him & Ozzie tonight. They were well known in our town, thought very highly of and will both be missed tremendously. My heart aches for his family, but hope they find comfort in knowing just how many lives Jim and Ozzie touched & how many friends he made. I will miss you my friends.
Gary August 26, 2011 at 03:26 AM
very sad to hear this.
Jani August 27, 2011 at 04:52 PM
I agree Nola. I went to their wake the other day and the pictures were heartbreaking. I will miss seeing them on their many daily walks.
Jani August 27, 2011 at 04:53 PM
The West End definitely has a void in it. I am heartbroken :(
Jani August 27, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Ozzy used to belong to my neighbor. I remember when he first came to long beach as an 8 week old rambunxious puppy. My neighbor feel on hard times and he entrusted Ozzy to Jim. It was a great choice. Ozzy filled the void that Bear left (another big ole yellow lab often seen walking around with Jim). The pictures of Jim and Ozzy on the beach at the wake were heartbreaking. I am mourning the loss of both of them.
Jani August 27, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Yes- that is the story I heard and there were people there to confirm it. This wasn't anyones fault. Just a horrible chain of events with a tragic outcome.
Jani August 27, 2011 at 04:58 PM
Same here. The west end feels empty.
Jani August 27, 2011 at 05:00 PM
I went on Thursday from 6-630 and didn't get to hear the speeches. I wish I did. Heartbroken.
Jani August 27, 2011 at 05:03 PM
No- Ozzy got scared of thunder and took off into Beech St. pulling out of his collar. Jim ran after him. It was dark and I don't think there was any time to brake or swerve. According to witnesses the driver was not at any fault- she called 911 and remained on the scene. So sad. RIP Jim & Ozzy
Maribeth Rogers August 28, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I grew up with Jim, and we all spent many summer days at Babylon Yacht Club, on the beach or just out on the Great South Bay together. During the school year we'd meet up after school and ride our bikes all over Babylon and West Islip. He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first innocent love...drawn to his gentle nature and sense of humor. I hadn't seen him in many years, but it doesn't surprise me that he lost his life saving his dog, or that he was concerned about the driver...that is who Jim was. I pray that everyone finds some peace...it really does appear to be a tragic accident...I hope that the woman who hit them can get through it as well. I am heartbroken.

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