Police have arrested the driver of a pickup truck that struck and killed a Levittown woman last month in a hit-and-run crash, a law enforcement source said Saturday.
The driver, Daniel Coppola, is expected to be formally charged in First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday, the source said.
Coppola, 31, is suspected of killing Taranjit Parmar, 18, an Adelphi College student who was on the phone with her mother when she was hit Nov. 9 after a minor crash, the source said.
The red pickup truck had collided with Parmar’s Jeep about 5 p.m. on Hempstead Turnpike near Gardiners Avenue. Both vehicles pulled over near a gas station before the driver of the pickup fled, striking Parmar before speeding away, police said at the time.
At least part of the crash was caught on a nearby surveillance camera.
Family members said Parmar was on the phone with her mother after the crash and was walking toward the pickup when she was hit. She cried out, “Oh no, stop!” and the phone call with her mother was disconnected, family members said.
Parmar was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where she died hours later from severe head injuries, officials said.
Parmar was an honors dental student at Adelphi who was days away from her 19th birthday and in her second year of the dental program.
She was slated to complete a four-year program at New York University’s College of Dentistry and one day hoped to open her own practice.