Central Islip Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

James Fitzpatrick
James Fitzpatrick

A suspect was arrested for drunken driving after allegedly hitting a 63-year-old man in the suspect’s hometown of Central Islip, killing the victim shortly after midnight Friday, Suffolk County police said.

James Fitzpatrick, 37, was driving a Chevrolet Colorado westbound on Suffolk Avenue when his pickup truck struck Robert Fornasier at 12:13 a.m., police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fitzpatrick was charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.