updated 11/19/2004 11:11:35 AM ET 2004-11-19T16:11:35

Five teenagers were arrested in the hurling of a frozen turkey that smashed through a motorist’s windshield, critically injuring her.

Police said Ryan Cushing, 18, threw the turkey from a car he and the other teens were riding in Saturday. It smashed through the car window of a 44-year-old woman who was driving in the other direction. A passenger in the car took hold of the steering wheel and guided it to the side of the road, police said.

The driver was in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Cushing was arrested on charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, forgery, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property. He and the other teens allegedly stole a credit card to buy the turkey at a supermarket.

The other four teens were charged with criminal possession of stolen property.

Ronkonkoma is in the approximate geographic center of New York’s Long Island, about 50 miles east of New York City.

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