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Stephanie Beeker, of Merrick, indicted in July Fourth fatal pedestrian hit-run on Sunrise Highway, DA says

Stephanie Beeker, 67, of Merrick, was arraigned Tuesday,

Stephanie Beeker, 67, of Merrick, was arraigned Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, on a six-count indictment related to a fatal July Fourth hit-and-run pedestrian crash on Sunrise Highway in Freeport, prosecutors said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A grand jury has indicted a Merrick woman on a vehicular manslaughter charge after an alleged hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead in Freeport last summer, authorities said Tuesday.

Stephanie Beeker, 67, also faces charges of leaving the crash scene and drunken driving in connection with the July Fourth fatality, according to the Nassau district attorney’s office.

Beeker pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday, according to her attorney, Dennis Lemke.

“Mrs. Beeker and her family are extremely distraught over this entire situation,” the Mineola lawyer said.

Authorities haven’t released the name of the man they said died in the crash while trying at about 11 p.m. to cross Sunrise Highway by the Meadowbrook Parkway entrance.

Prosecutors have alleged Beeker was driving east when her car struck and killed the man, before she drove past the victim in the roadway and left the scene with a completely smashed windshield.

Beeker called 911 more than 45 minutes later and reported the crash from her father’s house in Baldwin, where police arrested her, prosecutors said.

The grand jury also indicted Beeker for allegedly driving while intoxicated in a separate incident in October 2014, in East Meadow, according to authorities.

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