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Police: Arrest Made in Patchogue Hit-and-Run

Sally Cestaro, 40, is arrested Thursday, police say.

The scene of the crash last month. (Google Maps photo)
The scene of the crash last month. (Google Maps photo)

A Bellport woman was arrested Thursday and charged in a hit-and-run crash in Patchogue last month that left a man seriously injured, police said. 

Sally Cestaro, 40, is charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving serious physical injury, a felony, and second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

According to police, Walter Orlando Matute Penaranda, 24, was crossing Montauk Highway east of Bay Avenue when he was struck by a Cestaro's vehicle around 4:20 a.m. on May 4. 

Penaranda, of Patchogue, underwent emergency surgery at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center following the crash. 

Cestaro is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Thursday morning.



Frank Esposito June 05, 2014 at 07:57 PM
Until the law punishes you more for leaving than staying (which is a tough one) and being found drunk or on drugs at the scene, people are going to continue leaving the scene, people are going to opt for splitting. For example: (not me speaking).... "I was once busted for DWI (within last 10 years) and if I get jammed up again it's a felony (plus oh my god I just hit someone) and I will not skate my way out for 5 - 10 grand this time." Wait.... "This is my first Hit and Run - a class A misdemeanor." Hum.... The choices low-lifes like us have to make." Let's see. "Stay for another DWI and go to jail (likely), or split and maybe not get caught and if caught just plea down that Class A misdemeanor?" Huuuum??????? See eventually these low-lifers run out of skate room. But before they do they pick and choose not to double up on their chances for prison time. Of cause injuring and hurting and killing others all alone the way.

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