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Hit-and-Run Suspect Could Not Avoid Hitting Woman, New York Criminal Lawyer Reports

A New York Criminal Lawyer has learned of the arraignment of an East Hills man in the hit-and-run death of an 81-year-old Roslyn Heights woman. According to his account, he saw the woman, but could not avoid hitting her. The driver, 26, is charged with felony, leaving the scene of an accident with a death, and with a traffic violation, leaving the scene of an incident without a report.

The prosecution said that the driver hit the 81-year-old woman with his Jeep Cherokee and just kept driving without alerting the authorities. She was thrown at least 75 feet by the impact and pronounced dead on the scene.

Nassau police sources said that the driver was found when he took his car to a Queens body shop and someone called the Nassau police department tip line. The driver says he was alone the night of the accident, according to a New York Criminal Lawyer.

Though he claimed to the judge to be unemployed, the driver’s attorney said he had been a teacher’s assistant and also worked for a start-up computer company. The driver’s parents plan to hire a private attorney. The judge ordered the driver to be held on $1 million bond or $500,000 bail.

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