MASTIC, LONG ISLAND, NY – Prosecutors on Long Island say a man has been indicted on several charges in the death of a young boy in May, Newsday reports.
The victim, age 7, was struck and killed by a car on Sunrise Highway in Mastic on May 31. Investigators said 30-year-old Phuoc Truong, also known as Philip Truong, was driving a Toyota Camry east on the highway at about 10:15 p.m. when he hit the child between exits 58 and 59. The boy, who had walked out of his house unattended, was pronounced dead at Long Island Community Hospital.
Truong fled the scene after the crash, authorities said. Police investigators said they were able to identify him as the alleged driver after conducting a forensic analysis on a piece of the Camry that was found at the scene.
Truong, of Southampton, was driving with two license suspensions at the time of the accident. He was indicted Thursday on charges of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Truong surrendered to Suffolk County Police over the weekend for arraignment.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini released a statement that read, “This was an unspeakable tragedy, but we hope that the apprehension and indictment of this defendant brings some solace to the victim’s family.”
Truong faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison if he is convicted on the top count.
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