Homicide Squad detectives report the arrest of a Hempstead man for a Fatal Vehicular Accident that occurred on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 10:22 pm in Hempstead.
According to detectives, Erick Argueta, 30, of 22 Mason Street, while operating a 2005 Acura MDX westbound on Jerusalem Avenue near the intersection of Spencer Place, struck a 63-year-old male pedestrian who was crossing from north to south on Jerusalem Avenue. The incident was witnessed by another driver who then made a U-turn and followed Argueta who had fled the scene without stopping. The witness, who was able to flag down a Nassau County Police Officer, advised the officer of what had occurred. Argueta was subsequently pulled over near 300 Jerusalem Avenue and placed into custody without further incident.
The pedestrian, who was transported to an area hospital with multiple trauma injuries, was pronounced deceased by a staff physician. His name is being withheld pending family notification.
Defendant Erick Argueta is charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. He will be arraigned on Monday, April 20, 2020.
Details by: D/Lt. Fitzpatrick /Homicide Squad 04/20/20/0930/6672