Cops: Pedestrian fatally struck by drunken hit-and-run driver

Police say the driver, Michael Rule, 33, of Pine Bush, fled the scene, but was later captured in Newburgh.

Police say the driver, Michael Rule, 33, of Pine Bush, fled the scene, but was later captured in Newburgh. (6/14/16)

NEW WINDSOR - A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a drunken hit-and-run driver in Orange County Monday evening, according to authorities.

The hit-and-run occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Route 300, just east of the New Windsor Cantonment State Park.

Police say Luis DeJesus, 33, of New Windsor, was hit from behind while walking home from the grocery store.

First responders found DeJesus unconscious by the side of the road. He was holding shopping bags. 

DeJesus was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver, Michael Rule, 33, of Pine Bush, fled the scene, but was later captured in Newburgh.

They say Rule was spotted by another driver a few miles away.

“He actually observed the vehicle drive by at a high rate of speed with substantial damage to the front of the vehicle," says New Windsor Police Chief Rick Hovey.

Rule is being charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving while intoxicated. He has been released on $10,000 bail.

 

 

 

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