Jonathan Wibben, a teacher in the Bethpage school district, pleaded...

Jonathan Wibben, a teacher in the Bethpage school district, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to leaving the scene of an incident involving a fatality. Credit: Randee Daddona

A teacher in the Bethpage school district has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal pedestrian crash last June in Port Jefferson Station.

The driver, Jonathan Wibben, 34, of Coram, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead and was released on his own recognizance, said his attorney, William Petrillo, of Garden City. 

“He has continually expressed heartfelt sorrow over the loss of life in this case,” Petrillo said in a statement Tuesday.

Also in a statement, David Schneider, the Bethpage school superintendent said: "We are aware that one of our elementary school teachers has been arrested unrelated to any school district activities. At no time was the safety of students in jeopardy. The individual has been removed from the classroom pending the outcome of the investigation. As this is a matter of personnel, the district has no further comment."

Police said Wibben was driving an SUV about 10:10 p.m. on June 2 when he struck a male pedestrian, later identified as Peter Williams, 47, of Terryville, as he crossed southbound Route 112, south of Rose Avenue. Wibben fled the scene, police said.

A second vehicle also struck Williams, police said. That driver remained at the scene and has not been charged in connection with the crash.

Police did not immediately disclose what evidence was discovered during the seven-month investigation that led to Wibben's arrest.

The second driver has not been charged in the crash.

With Joie Tyrrell

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