Search continues for driver in fatal hit-run

Suffolk County's Vehicular Crime Unit and Crime Stoppers are looking for a driver in a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian in Amityville Village in May.

Police said the victim, Carlos Perez-Rodas, 26, was hit twice shortly before 12:43 a.m. May 5 by vehicles in front of El Rodeo, a restaurant and bar on Broadway at Locust Drive.

The driver of the first vehicle that hit Perez-Rodas -- Joshua Dauphin, 23, of Farmingdale -- and other people were attempting to stop southbound traffic on the roadway after Perez-Rodas was struck, police said.


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Then Perez-Rodas was struck by a second car, which witnesses described as a black Mercedes-Benz 350 between the model years 2010 and 2013. The Mercedes, which fled the scene, may have sustained damage to its lower front end and undercarriage, police said.

Perez-Rodas, 26, of Uniondale, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where he was pronounced dead.

Police said there are no charges pending against Dauphin.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Crimes also can be reported anonymously by texting "SCPD" and a message to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting tipsubmit.com.

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