Public safety officer charged with DWI in fatal accident

Police say a Town of Hempstead public safety officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly struck and killed a man with

HEMPSTEAD - Police say a Town of Hempstead public safety officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly struck and killed a man with his patrol car while on duty last night.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Robert Core, of Hempstead, had blood-alcohol level of .17 while behind the wheel of a town patrol car when he struck Eddi Cotto, 50, as he attempted to cross Hempstead Turnpike in front of Nassau University Medical Center.

According to detectives, Core drove for about 200 feet with Cotto on his windshield before coming to a stop. The entire accident was caught on surveillance video.

Core is also facing a charge of vehicular manslaughter. He has been suspended without pay, according to officials.

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