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An elderly man is dead following a tragic accident in the early morning of April 22, according to local sources. The car accident that claimed the man’s life is being attributed to a driver who New York police believe may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. The man was taken into custody and faces drunk driving charges as of this writing.

Reports indicate the man, an employee of a local supermarket, was crossing the street legally while heading to his job when he was hit. The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by arriving medical first responders. The driver, who has not been publicly identified by police, remained at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement prior to his arrest.

The name of the victim has also been withheld by police in the interest of informing the family privately before releasing the man’s identity to the press. If convicted, the man accused of drunk driving could face serious criminal penalties, including fines and jail time. Currently, no court date has been set for his trial, and it is unknown whether he remains in custody or whether he is out on bail.

A fatal car accident is already a tragic event, but the tragedy is compounded when the party responsible is found to have been intoxicated at the wheel. The avoidable nature of such accidents often leads families of victims to seek further remuneration from parties found responsible. If the family of this particular victim chooses to file a wrongful death suit against the driver, it will be handled separately from the criminal case in a New York civil court.

Source: CBS New York, “Sources Tell CBS 2: Driver Arrested In Suspected DWI Crash In Levittown“, , April 22, 2014