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Setauket Man Arrested for Stony Brook Hit-and-Run

Accident injured a 20-year-old woman on Saturday.

An East Setuaket man has been arrested for a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a 20-year-old woman on Saturday.
An East Setuaket man has been arrested for a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a 20-year-old woman on Saturday.
An East Setuaket man has been arrested for a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a 20-year-old woman on Saturday.

Police said Joseph Droual, 63 of East Setauket was traveling east on Rt. 25A and Hawkins Road when he hit a 20-year-old woman.The accident happened at 4:52 p.m.  Police said Droual fled the scene. Droual was arrested an hour or so later when he returned to the scene. 

Droual has been charged with leaving the scene of crash with serious injury. Police said he was not held overnight and will be arraigned at a later date.  According to police, there is no indication that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. 

LivingSmall December 09, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Why flee the scene?
Susan McSweeney December 10, 2013 at 06:37 AM
There was no reason to flee the scene, but I can say this, I almost hit two people last Tuesday night at 7:30, while it was raining. I didn't see them until the last few seconds because they were very dark skinned, wearing all dark clothing. I slammed on my breaks, blasted the horn and they just strolled across the street laughing as if it was a joke and the car behind me almost hit me. The college kids have no regard, respect or care about the dangers they pose to drivers and themselves over by the train station. Sooner or later someone is going to get killed over there is the police do not monitor the pedestrian traffic over there. Getting hit by an suv doing 30 can do some serious damage to a body especially if they go flying into the poles over there.
ShawnNuzzo December 10, 2013 at 08:40 AM
The pedestrian, no matter how "dark skinned" (as a previous commenter noted), should always have the right of way. The onus is on the motorist to be in complete control of their vehicle at all times, and rightfully so. I notice many people driving entirely too fast in our neighborhoods, often distracted by cell phones. Something needs to change.
Lauri December 10, 2013 at 08:54 AM
@ Shawn - yes drivers should be aware of what is on the road at all times and pedestrians do have the right of way but not when they can’t be seen. When it night time it’s up to the pedestrian to wear the clothing that is visible. How is a driver supposed to give the right of way to a person who can’t be seen?
ShawnNuzzo December 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Lauri, I agree, there are many parts to this equation. We should demand roadways that are safe for all users; motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, children, the elderly. In a word: Complete Streets. That includes roadway design, lighting, traffic calming , etc. This particular auto vs. pedestrian collision happened at 25A and Hawkins road. The new sidewalk ends at that intersection and two street lights were out at the time, making for a dangerous situation. But the vehicle operator is required to take this all into consideration (time of day, weather conditions, visibility, etc.). While pedestrians should assume that an automobile isn't going to yield for them (an unfortunate, yet pragmatic necessity today), motorists need to travel at a rate of speed that allows them to come to a stop before striking someone.
Susan McSweeney December 10, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Regardless of skin color and dark clothing the mere fact that they failed to obey the red light and the crosswalk signal flashing red THEY VIOLATED THE TRAFFIC LAW. THE VTL clearly states the pedestrian has right of way at green lights and crosswalks. They do not have the right of way whenever they feel like crossing the street.
Lauri December 10, 2013 at 01:25 PM
There must have been a different person hit on 25A around the same time. I was driving home from PJ and there were a bunch of cars pulled over and what appeared to be a person on the ground but - this was not at an intersection..... - no traffic lights or crosswalk or any sidewalks in sight.
PCycle December 10, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Pedestrians of today's generation think if a car hits me I will just sue for a million dollars.Personally I would not want to be permanently disabled for any amount of money.Life is priceless.
Jeffrey Lin December 11, 2013 at 02:15 AM
blaming the victim? she happens to be unconscious in a hospital right now. perhaps you should bring your assumptions about her directly to her hospital room? to imply she was the victim of a hit-and-run incident for laughs or money is pure idiocy.

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