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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a man in Holbrook on Dec. 3. Fifth Precinct officers responded to a report of a man on the east side of Coates Avenue, just north of Frank Court, at approximately 5 p.m.

The man, identified as Richard Dirocco, 63, of Holbrook was transported via ambulance to Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue where he was pronounced dead. It is believed he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Police are asking anyone with information on this crash to contact Major Case Unit detectives at 631- 852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls can remain confidential.

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Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced that Kevin Galloway, 53, of Holtsville, pleaded guilty to felony Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting, following a crash in Huntington Station that killed 48-year-old Natividad Interiano, of Huntington, in August 2023.

“This defendant left Mr. Interiano in the street to die,” said District Attorney Tierney. “My Office remains committed to thoroughly investigating vehicular fatalities and prosecuting drivers who jeopardize the safety of our roadways and citizens in Suffolk County.”

According to the investigation, on August 27, 2023, at approximately 9:12 p.m., nearby video footage captured Galloway traveling eastbound in his black 2003 Chevrolet Suburban and strike Interiano as he was crossing the intersection on East Pulaski Road in Huntington Station. Interiano, who had been walking with a cane, was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the crash. After the incident, Galloway fled the scene where another video surveillance camera captured him entering a BP Gas Station on Park Avenue in Huntington Station. The video footage depicted Galloway pulling into the gas station, inspecting the front end of his vehicle, and pushing the left headlight back into the vehicle before driving away.

On August 28, 2023, in an attempt to evade law enforcement, Galloway replaced the hood, front grill, and rims of his vehicle. The next day, Galloway took the damaged parts of the vehicle to a recycling center in Medford where they were scrapped for cash. Galloway was subsequently arrested on September 1, 2023, when he admitted to driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.

On November 6, 2023, Galloway pleaded guilty before Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Timothy P. Mazzei, to Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting, a Class D felony. Galloway is due back in court for sentencing on January 10, 2023, and he is being represented by Eric Besso, Esq.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys James McCormack and Raymond Varuolo of the Vehicular Crime Bureau, with investigative assistance from Detective Joseph Bianco of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Unit.

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Update: Suffolk County Police arrested a Holtsville man on Sept. 1 for a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Huntington Station on August 27. Following an investigation by Major Case Unit detectives, Kevin Galloway, 53, was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Incident without Reporting-Death.

Galloway will be held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on September 2.

Below is the original press release:

Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a
pedestrian in Huntington Station on Aug. 27.

Natividad Interiano was crossing Pulaski Road, at 1st Avenue, when he was struck by a dark colored
SUV traveling eastbound on Pulaski Road, at approximately 9:10 p.m. The driver of the SUV fled the
scene, continuing eastbound on Pulaski Road.

Interiano, 48, of Huntington Station, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the
Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-
6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

 

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Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on Aug. 16 that Raynard Williams, 47, of Central Islip, was indicted for leaving the scene after he allegedly struck pedestrian Paul Benjamin, 68, also of Central Islip, as he was walking at the intersection of Carleton Avenue and Elmore Street in Central Islip.

“This defendant allegedly fled the scene after knowingly striking Paul Benjamin, leaving him to die in the street. Those alleged actions are inexcusable,” said District Attorney Tierney. “I thank the Suffolk County Police Department for their investigation into tracking down and arresting the defendant.”

According to the investigation, on July 31, 2023, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the victim, Paul Benjamin, was walking across Carleton Avenue at its intersection with Elmore Street. Williams, who was allegedly driving a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe southbound on Carleton Avenue, struck Benjamin with his vehicle and drove away without stopping to render aid or call 911. Benjamin was transported to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead.

During their investigation, law enforcement recovered video surveillance footage from multiple establishments.

page1image18732112Video surveillance from a 7-Eleven depicted that after Williams allegedly struck Benjamin, he pulled into the parking lot, exited his vehicle, looked back down the road where the incident allegedly occurred, and then returned to his vehicle and drove away. Additionally, law enforcement was able to obtain the license plate of the Hyundai that struck Benjamin from video surveillance footage from other commercial establishments and license plate readers.

Two days after the incident, detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department located the Hyundai that allegedly struck Benjamin outside of Williams’ home. Williams was arrested the following morning, on August 3, 2023.

On August 16 Williams was arraigned on the indictment before Acting Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Steven A. Pilewski, for Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting, a Class D felony. Judge Pilewski ordered Williams held on $75,000 cash, $150,000 bond, or $750,000 partially secured bond. Additionally, Judge Pilewski suspended Williams’s privilege to drive in New York State.

Williams’s next court date is September 12, 2023, and he is being represented by Luigi Belcastro, Esq.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ray Varuolo of the Vehicular Crime Bureau, with investigative assistance from Detective Joseph Bianco of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Unit.

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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Huntington Station in the early morning of March 4.

Bernarda Fernandez was crossing Jericho Turnpike at Oakwood Road when she was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Jericho Turnpike at approximately 3:55 a.m. Fernandez, 49, of Huntington Station, was transported to Huntington Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The vehicle fled the scene northbound on Oakwood Road. Detectives believe the vehicle is a small to mid-size SUV.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this crash is asked to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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Fast Cash Reward of Up To $5k Offered for Arrest
Robert Twiford

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the driver who fled the scene after killing a pedestrian in Ronkonkoma last year.A Fast Cash Reward of up to $5,000 is now being offered for information that leads to an arrest. The reward will be issued within seven days of an arrest.

Robert Twiford, pictured at right, parked his vehicle on the off ramp of eastbound Long Island Expressway at exit 60, exited the vehicle, and, while in the lane of travel, was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene on December 5 at approximately 8 p.m. A short time later, the driver of the fleeing vehicle stopped on Garrity Avenue in Ronkonkoma and exited his vehicle, which is described as a light-colored, possibly gray, 2015 to 2018 Ford Focus hatchback, and examined it with a flashlight. Twiford, 61, of Melville, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

For video of the incident, visit www.youtube.com/SCPDTV

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone
with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit
an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, utilizing a mobile app which can be downloaded through
the App Store or Google Play by searching P3 Tips, or online at www.P3Tips.com. All calls, text
messages and emails will be kept confidential.

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Suffolk County Police  arrested a Ridge man  for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash that seriously injured a bicyclist in East Islip on Jan. 7. Aaron Kudla was riding his bicycle eastbound on Union Boulevard when he was struck by an eastbound Chrysler Concorde, near the intersection of Carleton Avenue, at 9:25 a.m. The vehicle fled the scene.

Kudla, 30, of Islip, was transported with serious injuries to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore. The driver, Scott Parker, and the Chrysler were located a short time later. The Chrysler was impounded. Parker, 33, of Ridge, was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Injury.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Tyler Phillips
Fast Cash Reward of Up To $5k Offered for Arrest

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate the driver whose vehicle struck two pedestrians, one fatally, in Coram earlier this month.

A vehicle traveling westbound on Granny Road struck two 13-year-old siblings who were walking in a bike lane on October 12 at 7:25 p.m. One of the teens, Tyler Phillips, pictured above, died of his injuries on October 15. His sister, Krystal Randolph, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Following further investigation, detectives believe the vehicle that fled the scene was a dark- colored 2005 to 2009 Chevrolet Equinox. The vehicle’s front passenger headlight is damaged and there is damage to the front passenger bumper. The side view front passenger mirror is broken.

The Crime Stoppers fast cash reward is up to $5,000 and will be issued within seven days of an arrest.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these incidents can contact Suffolk County Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-220-TIPS, utilizing a mobile app which can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play by searching P3 Tips, or online at www.P3Tips.com. All calls, text messages and emails will be kept confidential/

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Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a female pedestrian in Hauppauge last night.

A motor vehicle, believed to be a sedan, was traveling eastbound on Motor Parkway when it collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Moreland Road, left the roadway, and struck Cherokee Fletcher, 28, of Commack, standing on the sidewalk at approximately 10:15 p.m. The vehicle then fled the scene eastbound on Motor Parkway.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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The Suffolk County Police Department and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers have been highlighting several unsolved cases on the department’s social media pages during National Crime Victims’ Rights week from April 18 through April 24.

Crime Stoppers is offering fast-cash rewards for information leading to an arrest in each of the cases. The rewards will be issued within 72 hours of an arrest.

Crime Stoppers has been proven to be an effective crime solving program since its inception in Suffolk County in 1994. During that time, more than $665,000 has been rewarded to tipsters who reported information anonymously and close to 2,800 arrests have been made.  

“Our partnership with Crime Stoppers has been instrumental in solving cases during the last three decades,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart. “By highlighting these unsolved cases, we hope to bring justice to these victims and their families.” 

Cases being featured include: A homicide during which Alejandra Vargas-Diaz shot and killed Albert Luis Rodriguez-Lopez during an argument at Billiards DBM in Port Jefferson on July 22, 2018. Detectives believe Vargas-Diaz may have fled to the Dominican Republic; The fatal-hit-run of 17-year-old Jenna Lopez who was walking home from work on Route 347 in Port Jefferson Station on Aug. 24, 2019. Lopez was struck by a vehicle, causing her to fall, and she was subsequently struck by additional vehicles. The first driver failed to stop. Drivers of the additional vehicles stopped and called 911, however, Lopez died at the scene; The fatal hit-and-run of Ronald Destefano who was struck while walking to work on Route 347 in Stony Brook on Dec. 20, 2020. 

“We are asking the public to reach out anonymously with any information to aid in these unsolved cases,” said Crime Stoppers president Nick Amarr.

Anyone who wants to submit information on a crime can call 1-800-220-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted by downloading the P3 tips mobile app or online at p3tips.com.