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Williston Park man charged in fatal hit-run

The 45-year-old driver arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident Sunday in Williston Park lives just one block from the crash scene, Nassau County police said.

Raymond F. Kalenka of 86 Yale St. was arrested just after midnight Tuesday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death. A tip from Crime Stoppers led to the arrest, police said.

Yale Street is a block north of the intersection where Dean LaLima, 41, of Albertson, was found at about 4:10 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Police said LaLima was discovered in the road near the intersection of Syracuse and Broad streets, where he was pronounced dead.

A manager at Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Garden City, LaLima was probably riding his bicycle home after a late night at work, which was his custom, when he was hit, said his sister Robynelaine Kostulias, 37, of Mineola. Police would not comment on whether a bicycle was found, but Kostulias said her brother's bicycle was found about a mile and a half from his body.

She described him as an avid bike rider and said he was also "an awesome uncle" to her three sons. LaLima had "an uncanny ability" to remember names, Kostulias recalled, and to know when family members needed him.

The news of Kalenka's arrest gave "a little bit of solace for everybody," she said.

Visiting hours for LaLima are Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cassidy Funeral Home, 156 Willis Ave., Mineola. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Aidan Church, Williston Park. Burial will be in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury.

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