Police ID man killed in alleged DWI crash as Lake Ronkonkoma man Gary Kroll
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LAKE RONKONKOMA - A tight-knit neighborhood in Lake Ronkonkoma is reeling over the death of resident Gary Kroll, who was fatally struck by an alleged drunken driver over the weekend.
Investigators say 59-year-old Kroll was walking along Express Drive North when driver Thomas Vaughn, of Lake Ronkonkoma, struck him. Vaughn has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
A neighbor and friend of Kroll's says he had gotten into a minor car accident recently, so he often walked to get around. Residents in the area say that cars speed down the Long Island Expressway service road in the area.
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Vaughn was arraigned yesterday, but prosecutors are investigating to determine if charges could be upgraded.