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Suffolk cops: Man charged in fatal DWAI crash

Suffolk County police investigate a fatal crash on

Suffolk County police investigate a fatal crash on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon on Friday. Credit: Paul Mazza

A North Babylon man was impaired by alcohol Friday night in North Babylon when his vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian who was a former Suffolk County police officer, authorities said.

Eddy St. Louis, 41, was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, a charge that accuses the driver of having a blood alcohol content between .05 and .07 or exhibiting other evidence of impairment. During his arraignment Saturday afternoon at First District Court in Central Islip, prosecutors said St. Louis had a blood alcohol level of .068 at the time of his arrest.

St. Louis was driving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz south on Deer Park Avenue around 8:25 p.m. when he struck Anthony Cappa, 46, of North Babylon, police said.

Cappa was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip, police said. St. Louis was not hurt.

Cappa's mother, Mercedes Cappa, 77, said her son was walking home after visiting his girlfriend. She said she lost her older daughter in March to a heart attack. 

"Imagine how I feel," Cappa said. "First I lose my daughter, now I lose my son."

Cappa was suspended from the police department in 2011 for misconduct and was fired in 2013 after an arbitration hearing, Newsday previously reported.

Cappa was living at home and planned to search for a job in January, his mother said. 

St. Louis was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court Jan. 4. Attorney Pierre Bazile of Huntington said his client offered condolences to the victim.

Bazile said St. Louis is a longtime North Babylon business owner with no criminal record. 

Bazile declined to further comment because he said the district attorney was considering increasing charges.

St. Louis and his family declined to comment as they left court.

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