East Patchogue Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

A hit-and-run driver killed a 64-year-old man while he was walking along a street in his hometown of East Patchogue over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.

Warren Karstendick was walking on the shoulder of Main Street when he was struck from behind by an eastbound SUV just west of Phyllis Drive at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect’s vehicle, which fled the scene, is described as a 2002 to 2005 blue Ford Explorer with noticeable front-end damage to the vehicle’s hood and grill.

Major Case Unit detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-6553 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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