LYNBROOK, Long Island, N.Y. — Nassau County police responded to an accident between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle around 8:00 p.m. in Lynbrook on Long Island according to CBS New York. When law authorities arrived at the scene, they found a man in his 70s down on the ground. Medics pronounced the pedestrian deceased from his injuries. Witnesses say that a black car struck the man and raced away from the area. Nassau County Police pursued and apprehended the person they believe is responsible for the crash. The man appeared before a judge with a lawyer. The judge set a high bail amount and ordered the man to reappear in court on April 30, 2019.
Nassau County Police accident investigators said that the accident scene was located at the intersection of Merrick Road and Blossom Heath Avenue. Officers noted that the vehicle that fled was hit with such tremendous force that the pedestrian came out of his shoes. The man perished at the scene of the crash. A Nassau County Police Commissioner stated that the pedestrian was 70-years-old at the time of his death.
Police did not disclose any information concerning what led them to identify and locate the fleeing driver. Long Island News 12 reported that Nassau County investigators discovered the suspect car in Hewlett. Officers identified the driver as a 48-year-old man who was driving a 2012 Nissan Sentra when he hit and killed the pedestrian. Investigators charged the 48-year-old man with leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
The man appeared in court in Hempstead on Friday afternoon. The accused’s lawyer argued to the arraignment judge that his client had below average IQ and was unaware he hit a person. According to Long Island News 12, the defendant responded “apparently” when asked by a reporter if he was operating the car that killed the pedestrian. The driver is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. His next court date is April 30.
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