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Man charged with fleeing crash that injured passengers

A 31-year-old Dix Hills man charged with fleeing the scene of an accident that last month left two of his passengers injured is due back in court Friday after entering a plea of not guilty at his arraignment earlier this week.

William Koster, of 4 Dix Circle, was released on $5,000 cash bail Monday after pleading not guilty in First District Court in Central Islip.

Koster surrendered to Suffolk County police on Sunday and was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Authorities said Koster was the driver of a 2002 Hyundai Sonata that struck a Volvo 18-wheel tractor trailer on Grand Boulevard in Deer Park at 11:43 p.m. Feb. 24.

The crash left two passengers in the car -- identified by police as Daniel Garcia, 20, of North Babylon, and Jani Martinez, 33, of Bay Shore -- with injuries, police said. Garcia sustained serious injuries, police said.

The crash occurred near The Arches Circle.

Koster's attorney, Robert A. Macedonio of Macedonio & Duncan LLP in Central Islip, said that his client is not guilty and that the accident was just that -- an accident. "It's our position that there's no crime here," Macedonio said. "It's an accident."

Macedonio said Koster only left the scene because he was injured and didn't realize police were looking for him.

"He was injured and stumbled away from the scene," Macedonio said Tuesday, adding that Koster had contacted him within 12 hours of the crash to begin the surrender process: "Once he knew the police were looking for him, he contacted me -- and we arranged the surrender."

Macedonio confirmed court records that indicate Koster is also scheduled to appear in court March 13 on unrelated drug-possession and drunken-driving charges dating to 2013. Koster previously pleaded not guilty to those charges, Macedonio said, and had been free, released on his own recognizance, when the Deer Park accident occurred on Feb. 24.

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