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Twin of man charged in hit-run had similar charge, DA says

Christopher Bacayon, at First District Court in Central

Christopher Bacayon, at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, was arraigned for a fatal hit-and-run crash in West Babylon that killed Michael Dora, who was in a wheelchair. Credit: James Carbone

A West Babylon man was charged Tuesday in a hit-and-run that killed a disabled man, and in a strange twist, prosecutors said the suspect’s identical twin brother was charged in another hit-and-run two years earlier.

Christopher Bacayon, 36, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a single count of felony leaving the scene of an accident without reporting. Bacayon, of Albermarle Avenue, was driving a 2011 Infiniti on Great East Neck Road in West Babylon on Oct. 16, 2015, when he struck Michael Dora as Dora crossed the road about 9:15 p.m., authorities said.

Dora, 40, of West Babylon, who had spina bifida and was in a wheelchair, was killed.

Benedict Bacayon, Christopher’s twin, pleaded guilty to the same felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident 10 days before Christopher’s alleged crash, prosecutors said.

“I tend to think the odds of something like this happening — two identical twin brothers living in the same household committing virtually the same crime — the odds are astronomical, I’m sure,” said Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota during a news conference.

“Here’s an identical twin brother who 10 days after his identical twin brother pled guilty to the crime of leaving the scene of an incident does exactly, exactly the same thing,” Spota said.

State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho set bail at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

Central Islip-based defense attorney Ira Rosenberg, who also represented the twin, said, “We want to offer our condolences, certainly, to the Dora family, but at this point in time, he maintains his innocence and we’re going to go forward maintaining his innocence.”

The Rev. Bill Minson, a friend of the victim’s mother, said outside court that despite Dora’s handicap, he was attentive to his mother’s care. He described Dora as “incredible” and said the care he gave his mother “was so exquisite.”

Minson added: “Every parent should have a child like Michael. Even though he was in that wheelchair, he took care of her.”

Spota said a crime lab analysis found Bacayon’s car damage matched damage found at the scene and investigators found Dora’s DNA on the vehicle.

Spota said Christopher Bacayon had been at a nearby nightclub — and was likely drinking alcohol — just before the accident, according to his credit card statement. But prosecutors could not charge him with DWI because he left the scene and could not be tested. Spota called for harsher penalties for leaving the scene of an accident.

Benedict Bacayon, also living in the same Albermarle Avenue home, was driving his 2006 Mercedes-Benz on Route 109 in West Babylon and struck a pedestrian on Oct. 4, 2013, Spota said.

The victim Corey Hall, 29, had a fractured pelvis and arm and leg injuries, Spota said.

Benedict Bacayon was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 5 years probation.

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