The suspect involved in a fatal hit and run in Glen Cove which resulted in the death of a 72-year-old man has been apprehended, Nassau homicide detectives said on Monday.
70-year-old Carol Cashman of Locust Valley was arraigned in the First District Court in Hempstead on Monday and has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death, according to Nassau police officials. Officials have identified the victim as Jose Basurto of Glen Cove.
The incident occurred on the night of Nov. 21 at 11:13 p.m. between 21 and 31 Brewster St. when Cashman struck Basurto with her BMW. Basurto, a resident of an apartment building on Brewster St., was crossing the street when he was hit. Cashman stopped and stayed at the scene for a short time, but ultimately fled prior to the arrival of the police. Basurto sustained drastic trauma and was transported by the Glen Cove Fire Department to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased by hospital staff.
The section of Brewster St. in which the accident occurred runs directly parallel to downtown Glen Cove. There are two crosswalks in the area, one of which runs through the intersection of Brewster St. and School St.. The other goes directly from the entrance of the Glen Arms apartment complex to the outside of the AMC movie theater and free downtown parking lot.
According to Jimmy Pacheco, manager of the Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins franchise in that area of Brewster St., drivers tend to be safe while going down the road. He noted, however, that he has seen pedestrians act recklessly while crossing the street.
“People try to cross from the side because the parking lot is there,” Pacheco said. “So sometimes they don’t go to the crosswalk.”
The area of the road itself is open and well-lit, making the street highly visible for both drivers and pedestrians alike, even in the dark. The weather was clear on the night of Basurto’s death.