Old Bethpage Man Killed by Driver while Walking Dog, Cops Say

An Old Bethpage man walking his dog was killed by a driver early Thursday morning, Nassau County police said.

The victim, 42-year-old Robert Michaels, was walking his dog south on Round Swamp Road in his hometown when he was struck by a 2013 Dodge Avenger just before 12:30 a.m., police said.

He was transported to Nassau University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m., police said. Michaels’ dog was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, 37-year-old Matthew Johnstone of North Massapequa, allegedly fled the scene after the accident but later returned. He was placed under arrest and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Johnstone will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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