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Central Islip Man Killed in Hit-and-run

A hit-and-run driver killed an 86-year-old pedestrian in the victim’s hometown of Central Islip early Friday morning, Suffolk County police said.

A 911 caller reported finding a body in the road on Suffolk Avenue near the corner of Wheeler Road, where responding officers found Willie Dinkins, who investigators determined was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene shortly before 2 a.m., police said.

The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators believe the vehicle involved is a 2001 to 2005 Honda Civic four-door sedan. The driver’s side, black side-view mirror is missing from the vehicle

Major Case Unit detectives ask anyone with information on the vehicle or the crash to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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