Carjack victim stopped to help


ISLANDIA, N.Y. (AP) – So much for gratitude.

James Scarabino was driving along the Long Island Expressway early Thursday when he stopped to help a motorist stranded on the side of the road near a wrecked Chevrolet Corvette.

But the motorist came around and pushed Scarabino out of the driver’s seat and then drove off in his car, police said.

Scarabino, 30, said he tried to stop him and was dragged a short distance, though he was not injured.

“Obviously I thought, ‘What am I doing? This isn’t worth it.’ And I let go,” Scarabino said. “I hope the police catch him, and I hope he gets what he deserves.”

The man in the Corvette had been speeding on the LIE when it rear-ended another car, injuring two occupants, Suffolk County police said. He fled that scene and later lost control of the Corvette and flipped it. That’s when Scarabino, of Lake Ronkonkoma, noticed the crash.

Scarabino’s car was recovered later Thursday, abandoned at a gas station in Huntington. The carjacker was still at large.