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Update: Man, 81, Struck and Killed by Drunk Driver in Levittown

Man exited bus stop and was struck by car on Hempstead Turnpike Tuesday morning.

Originally reported April 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

A man faces charges after police say he drove drunk and struck an elderly man in Levittown early Tuesday morning, according to Nassau County Police.

Detectives said 81-year-old Robert Chapman exited a bus stop on Hempstead Turnpike and was walking toward Gardiners Avenue when he was struck by a car. The driver, James Taggart, 43, of Levittown, was drunk at the wheel when he struck Chapman as he crossed to the south side of the street, police stated.

Chapman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Taggart's car, a 1991 Chevrolet Geo Prism, was impounded for safety inspections.

The investigation is ongoing, police reported.

The incident caused the shuttering of the westbound lanes as police and emergency crews secured the scene.

steve signoriello April 22, 2014 at 01:04 PM
yes it is very sad..
dian botti April 22, 2014 at 09:33 PM
No right turn didn't stop this. That was not the answer.
Kathy Doubleu April 23, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Need stiffer drunk driving laws! period!

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