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Keylor Laporta, of Huntington Station, drove without interlock, hit woman, cops say

Keylor Laporta, 24, of Huntington Station, was arrested

Keylor Laporta, 24, of Huntington Station, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, and charged with failure to use an ignition interlock device after striking and injuring Teresa Kochan, 68, of West Hills. Police said Laporta was supposed to be using the device when he was driving the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup in the parking lot at Target on East Jericho Turnpike at 7:55 p.m. Credit: SCPD

A 68-year-old woman was seriously injured Wednesday when she was struck in a store parking lot in Huntington Station by a driver who police said failed to use an ignition interlock device mandated by the court in a prior drunken driving conviction.

The driver, identified by Suffolk County police as Keylor Laporta, 24, of Huntington Station, was charged with failure to use the device when arrested after striking and injuring Teresa Kochan, 68, of West Hills. Police said Laporta was supposed to be using the device when he hit Kochan while driving the 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup in the parking lot at Target on East Jericho Turnpike at 7:55 p.m.

Kochan sustained head injuries, police said, and was taken to Huntington Hospital in serious condition.

Police said Laporta was not injured.

He was arrested at the scene and was held overnight at the Second Precinct on charges of operating a vehicle without an interlock device, and infractions of operating an unregistered vehicle and failing to change the address on his license. The outcome of his Thursday arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip was unavailable. The vehicle was impounded, police said.

Police said the investigation continues and anyone with information can call detectives at 631-854-8252.

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