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Judge reduces bail for Baldwin man charged in hit-run that killed Lynbrook man

Cosmin Florea, 34, of Baldwin, was arraigned on

Cosmin Florea, 34, of Baldwin, was arraigned on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 on an indictment that charged he killed a man while driving drunk and high on marijuana last August, prosecutors said. Credit: NCPD

A judge has reduced bail for a Baldwin man facing felony charges after a fatal hit-and-run crash in Port Washington, court records show.

On Wednesday, Nassau District Court Judge Martin Massell reduced defendant Cosmin Florea's bail from $500,000 to $100,000 after an appeal by defense attorney Michael DerGarabedian.

DerGarabedian, of Rockville Centre, said he expected his client to get out of jail later Wednesday after satisfying the bail. He said Florea, 34, works as a graphic designer and has no criminal background.

Prosecutors had asked for $100,000 bail at Florea's weekend arraignment, before District Court Judge Tricia Ferrell set the original bail amount. The district attorney's office didn't immediately comment on the bail reduction Wednesday.

Florea faces felony charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatality, along with a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated in connection with the death of Donald C. Mooney Jr.

Authorities have said that Mooney, 49, of Lynbrook, was crossing Main Street in Port Washington late Friday when Florea allegedly hit him with his Ford Fusion and left the scene.

Police stopped Florea's car in Queens and he allegedly said he had "hit a deer in Port Washington," according to court records, which listed his breath alcohol content at .13 percent about three hours after the crash.

Mooney's family said he had two adult children and worked as a dispatcher for a Port Washington limousine service and in coffee sales in Manhattan.

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