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Melissa McKiski, Florida woman arraigned in fatal hit-run of Charles Velasquez

Hicksville native Melissa McKiski, 22, was arraigned on

Hicksville native Melissa McKiski, 22, was arraigned on an 11-count grand jury indictment on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in an Oct. 1, 2015, hit-and-run crash in Carle Place that killed a bicyclist, prosecutors said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A judge told a Florida woman she is not to leave Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties without court permission after prosecutors said she struck and killed a bicyclist.

Melissa McKiski, 22, of Venice, Florida, was arraigned Thursday in Mineola before acting Supreme Court Justice William O’Brien because of her alleged role in the October 2015 crash. O’Brien continued bail and bond that were set at $50,000 in October.

McKiski faces charges of felony second degree manslaughter, second degree vehicular manslaughter, second degree assault and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.

She also faces two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a combination of the two, reckless driving and failing to exercise due care.

Prosecutors said McKiski, who is originally from Hicksville, was driving a gray Hyundai Santa Fe with Florida license plates westbound on Old Country Road in Carle Place at about 12:35 a.m. on Oct. 1 when she veered to the right, out of the center lane. The vehicle struck Charles Velasquez, 22, of Bellerose, Queens, who was riding a bicycle westbound along the curb.

Velasquez’s bicycle and what police said were parts of McKiski’s car were thrown into a nearby parking lot, prosecutors said, and McKiski fled while two other cyclists called 911. Nassau County police arrested McKiski a short time later at Herricks and Helen roads in Mineola.

Velasquez was taken to Winthrop University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 4:30 a.m.

“A young man, with his entire life in front of him, was taken from his family and friends due to the alleged drunken driving of this defendant,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement. “This incident is another reminder that we must strengthen our laws against defendants in fatal hit and run collisions.”

McKiski is due back in court on Feb. 23. She faces 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted on the top charge.

“This is one of those all too common cases that’s a tragedy for both families,” said John Carman, McKiski’s Garden City-based attorney.

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