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Central Islip Man Arrested for Fatal Hit-and-Run

A 30-year-old Central Islip man was arrested Friday for leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in November, Suffolk County police said.

After a nearly two-month investigation, Suffolk County police Vehicular Crime Unit detectives arrested Joseph Melendez for the Nov. 9 crash that killed Lorenzo Fuentes and charged him with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality.

Police said Fuentes, 64, of Central Islip, was walking eastbound on Motor Parkway at Highland Road around 4:50 a.m. when he was struck. The driver fled the scene following the crash, police said. Fuentes was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a news release describing the incident, police said they were searching for a metallic-colored, late-model Dodge or Chrysler with damage to the front and passenger side of the vehicle.

Melendez is expected to be arraigned Friday at Suffolk County Court in Riverhead.

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