MINEOLA - ? The driver accused in a fatal hit-and-run in West Hempstead is facing a judge today.

The incident happened around midnight on Hempstead Turnpike and Poplar Street. According to detectives, a 23-year-old male was crossing Hempstead Turnpike when he was struck by Joaquim Gloria, of Mineola.

Sources tell News 12 Long Island that a short time after the accident, police found a white box truck with front end damage on the driver side. The truck was taken away from the scene.

Gloria, 38, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death.