Central Islip, NY - November 13, 2015 - Suffolk County Police have arrested a man for driving while intoxicated after his vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Central Islip early this morning.
James Fitzpatrick, 37, was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado westbound on Suffolk Avenue when his vehicle struck Robert Fornasier at 12:13 a.m. Fornasier, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
Fitzpatrick, of Central Islip, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on November 13.
The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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