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Cops: Husband, wife, both 77, struck and killed in Massapequa Park

Nassau County police investigate the scene where a

Nassau County police investigate the scene where a vehicle struck two pedestrians at Merrick Road and Harbor Lane in Massapequa Park on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Credit: Jim Staubitser

A husband and wife trying to cross Merrick Road in Massapequa Park on Saturday night died after they were struck by a drunken driver, Nassau County police said Sunday.

The names of the victims, both 77, of Melville, were not immediately released.

John Hartwig, 63, of Springdale Avenue, Massapequa, was charged with two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of .08, and driving while intoxicated, police said.

Homicide Squad detectives said that at 8:10 p.m. Saturday, the couple attempted to cross to the south side of Merrick Road just east of Park Boulevard when an eastbound 2015 Ford Explorer driven by Hartwig hit them.

Both victims were transported to a hospital where they were pronounced dead, police said.

Hartwig was scheduled for arraignment Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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