A Saint James man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and fatally hitting a 51-year-old pedestrian in the victim’s hometown of Smithtown over Columbus Day weekend, Suffolk County police said.

Timothy Burke, 43, was driving a Dodge Charger northbound on Route 111 when his vehicle struck Kenneth Rich, who was crossing the road at 8:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the car and are continuing the investigation.

Burke was charged with driving while intoxicated. His bail was set at $15,000 bond or $7,500 cash. He is due back in court Nov. 2.

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