Driver crashes into pole & flees, leav­ing pas­sen­ger to die

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY ESHA RAY

A heart­less driver ditched his SUV af­ter slam­ming into a pole on Long Is­land early Sun­day, leav­ing one of his pas­sen­gers to die and the other trapped in the ve­hi­cle with se­ri­ous in­juries, po­lice said.

Cruz Emilio Tum-Ti­paz, 25, was charged Sun­day with leav­ing the scene of a fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

He is due to ap­pear in Cen­tral Is­lip court Mon­day.

Tum-Ti­paz, of Westhamp­ton Beach, drove a 2005 Nis­san Mu­rano east on Mid­dle Coun­try Road near Homestead Drive in Co­ram about 4 a.m. on Sun­day when he swerved into the on­com­ing lane, skid­ded off the road­way and smashed into a metal util­ity pole, said Suf­folk County cops.

Tum-Ti­paz then ran off through a nearby park­ing lot — leav­ing be­hind his two male pas­sen­gers in the man­gled wreck­age.

One of his pas­sen­gers — iden­ti­fied by cops as Juan Morales Cuterez, 28, of Westhamp­ton — was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The other pas­sen­ger, 53year-old Eledao Bo­laj-Gar­cia, also of Westhamp­ton, was taken to Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal with se­ri­ous but non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries, of­fi­cials said.

Mid­dle Coun­try Road was closed off un­til about 11 a.m. on Sun­day as po­lice in­ves­ti­gated, ac­cord­ing to the state Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s Twit­ter page.

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