Franklin Square Fatal DWI Hit-and-run Suspect Charged

An accused drunken driver was arrested for an alleged hit-and-run crash that killed a 47-year-old taxi cab driver in Franklin Square over the weekend, Nassau County police said.

Duke Obule of Queens was speeding in a BMW on Hempstead Turnpike when he hit a taxi, which then hit a utility pole at the corner of Lincoln Road at 4:16 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the BMW was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a fractured left ankle.

Obule fled the scene but was apprehended nearby, police said. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident with death, leaving the scene of an accident with serious physical injury, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.

He was ordered held without bail and is due back in Nassau County court May 4.

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