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Brentwood man charged in fatal hit-and-run, police say

Cesar Velasquez, 54, of Brentwood, was released on $100,000 bond after being arraigned Sunday, March 26, 2017, in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in the hamlet Friday night. Velasquez surrended to police at the Third Precinct in Bay Shore on Saturday night, his attorney said. (Credit: Stringer News Service) (Photo Credit: James Carbone)

A Brentwood man was released on $100,000 bond Sunday after his arraignmenton charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in the hamlet Friday night, his attorney said.

Cesar Velasquez, 54, of Jefferson Avenue, was charged Saturday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, police said. He was arraigned Sunday in Central Islip.Jose Reinerio Salinas, 41, of Brentwood, was walking south in the middle of the road in front of 274 Washington Ave. at about 11:20 p.m. when he was struck by a Toyota Sienna traveling south, police said. The driver fled the scene, and Salinas was then struck by a northbound 2003 Ford Expedition, police said.

Salinas was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office, police said.

The driver of the Ford Expedition, Juana Cartagena, 46, of Brentwood, remained at the scene and was not charged, police said.

Velasquez’s attorney, Robert A. Macedonio of Central Islip, said the defense and prosecutors had agreed on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond before the arraignment in First District Court, along with the surrender of Velasquez’s passport to Macedonio pending his next court date on Friday.

Macedonio said Velasquez is a native of El Salvador and has lived in the United States for more than 25 years. He owns a home in Brentwood where he lives with his wife and three children, and has been employed as a cook at Pace’s Steak House in Hauppauge for 25 years. Velasquez surrendered Saturday night to police at the Third Precinct in Bay Shore, Macedonio said, but he was not with his client at the time.

Police on Sunday could not immediately confirm the surrender or the circumstances surrounding his arrest.


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