Pedestrian killed in DWI while running across road

Pedestrian killed in DWI while running across road

Jose Gaitan mugshot from SCPD

Police say a man was drunk on Sunday night when he struck and killed a pedestrian with his car as the victim ran across Depot Road.

Jose Gaitan was driving a 1999 Nissan Maxima south on that Huntington Station road around 10:30 p.m. when he hit the pedestrian, who the Suffolk County Police Department said was running across the road near the East 12th Street intersection.

That pedestrian, 31-year-old Huntington Station resident Lucas Reyes, was pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

Gaitan, 48, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Attorney information for the defendant was not immediately available on Monday morning.

Police impounded the Maxima for a safety check.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Major Case Section, whose detectives are investigating, at 631-852-6555.