Central Islip mom pleads not guilty in fatal hit-and-run

CENTRAL ISLIP -

A Central Islip mother accused of running down a man and leaving him to die has pleaded not guilty.

Police say Vierka Batista-Coronado hit Jose Martinez, 44, around 4:30 a.m. Sunday while he was crossing Suffolk Avenue near Applegate Drive. Martinez died following the incident.

Batista-Coronado, a 33-year-old mother of two, pleaded not guilty, but prosecutors say she admitted to hitting Martinez.

Prosecutors say a cab driver witnessed the crash and followed Batista-Coronado. They say the driver told her to go back to the scene, and Batista-Coronado said she would but never did.

The owner of a nearby hair salon says his security cameras captured the crash and that he turned the footage over to police.

Batista-Coronado was being held on $75,000 bail or $150,000 bond.

Suffolk police ask any other witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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