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SCPD: Man Arrested for DWAI after Pedestrian Killed in South Huntington Vehicle Crash

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David R. Thompson of Huntington, 75, was driving on Jericho Turnpike when his vehicle struck a pedestrian, cops say.

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SCPD have arrested David R. Thompson of Huntington, 75, for DWAI.

Photo by: Suffolk County Police Department

Huntington, NY - April 9, 2018 - Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for driving while ability impaired after his vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in South Huntington on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
 
David R. Thompson was operating a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox eastbound on Jericho Turnpike at approximately 9:30 p.m. when his vehicle struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross Jericho Turnpike at Oakwood Road in South Huntington.
 
The pedestrian, Anthony J. Santiago, 54, of Huntington Station, was transported by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
 
Thompson, 75, of Huntington, was arrested and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired. He is being held at the Second Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip.
 
The vehicle was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Major Case Unit at 631-852-6555.
 
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