The driver who killed a Huntington Station pedestrian and then fled the scene was sentenced to two to six years in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said Tuesday.
Kevin Galloway, 53, of Holtsville had pleaded guilty in November to leaving the scene after he struck Natividad Interiano 48, of Huntington Station, in August who was crossing Pulaski Road at 1st Avenue.
“This defendant knew he struck a pedestrian with his car, but instead of stopping to help the victim, Galloway stopped at a gas station to check for damage to the front of his vehicle.” Tierney said. “I want to thank the prosecutors for their commitment to securing this conviction, and I hope this sentence provides Interiano’s family and friends with some measure of comfort knowing the man who took their loved one is paying for the crime he committed.”
Court documents and other records said that on Aug. 27 at approximately 9:12 p.m., nearby video footage captured Galloway traveling east in his black 2003 Chevrolet Suburban and striking Interiano as he was crossing the intersection on East Pulaski Road.
Interiano, who had been walking with a cane, was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the crash. After the incident, Galloway fled the scene where another video surveillance camera captured him entering a BP Gas Station on Park Avenue in Huntington Station. The video footage depicted Galloway pulling into the gas station, inspecting the front end of his vehicle, and pushing the left headlight back into the vehicle before driving away.
On Aug. 28, in an attempt to evade law enforcement, Galloway replaced the hood, front grill, and rims of his vehicle. The next day, Galloway took the damaged parts of the vehicle to a recycling center in Medford where they were scrapped for cash.
Galloway was subsequently arrested on Sept.1, when he admitted to driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.
On Nov. 6, Galloway pleaded guilty to the Class D felony before Supreme Court Justice, Timothy P. Mazzei.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys James McCormack and Raymond Varuolo of the Vehicular Crime Bureau with investigative assistance from Detective Joseph Bianco of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Unit.