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Cops: Massapequa Man Left Scene After Vehicle Killed Pedestrian, Dog

The driver later returned to the scene where he was arrested without incident.

Credit: NCPD.
Credit: NCPD.
A Massapequa man was arrested Thursday morning after his car struck a man and his dog and he allegedly fled the scene, police said.

According to cops, Robert Michaels, 42, of Old Bethpage, was walking his dog southbound on Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage when he was struck by a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The operator of the vehicle fled the scene without stopping.

Michaels was transported to Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m. His dog was pronounced dead at the scene.

The operator of the vehicle, Matthew Johnstone, 37, of Massapequa, returned to the scene and was arrested without incident, cops said. He's charged with leaving the scene of an incident and his arraignment is scheduled for Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

This is a breaking news story and Patch will provide more information as it's made available.
Franken Harpo September 19, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Is this the same Matthew Johnstone that was a Physical Education teacher in East Islip that resigned and surrendered his teaching certificate and permanently waived his right to ever apply for any new state teaching or administrative certificates? If so, how did that $40 million lawsuit against him and the school district turn out?
rudy2 September 20, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Dodge Viper? Nice Car. Unemployed?
Popo September 20, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Dodge Avenger
FedUpRealist September 25, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Hey Harpo, are you asking the so-called journalists to actually do some investigating of their own???...If so, I like to sell you on a great health care program called Owe-bamacare...

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