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Update: Fatal hit-and-run crash suspect pleads not guilty

12/25/2015 8:00 PM |

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Update 8 p.m. Friday: Christopher O’Brien pled not guilty to one charge of DWI Friday morning in First District Court in Central Islip, according to Bob Clifford, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota.

Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $450,000 bond, Mr. Clifford said.

Below is our original coverage:

An Aquebogue man was killed early Wednesday after an alleged drunk driver headed the wrong way on Sunrise Highway collided with his car head-on, Suffolk County police said.

According to a news release, 57-year-old Thomas D’Eletto was driving west on Sunrise Highway in Shirley when his 2010 Toyota Corolla was hit by a 2007 Audi A4 driving in the wrong direction about 5:35 a.m.

Mr. D’Eletto was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The driver of the other car, 54-year-old Port Jefferson Station resident Christopher O’Brien was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of non life-threatening injuries and will be arraigned in court at a later date, police said.

Detectives are still investigating the crash and have asked anyone with information on the incident to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at (631) 852-6555.

Editor’s note: The name was incorrect in the updated version of this story. We regret the error. 

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