Cops: Man Drove Drunk When He Mowed Down Pedestrian In Family Minivan

Leonard Hoppie

A Long Island man was arrested and charged with DWI after police say he mowed down a pedestrian while driving the family minivan. Authorities say his 10-year-old brother was in the backseat at the time of the incident.

According to authorities, 20-year-old Leonard Hoppie of Central Islip was charged aggravated DWI under Leandra's law and endangering the welfare of a child, among other charges.

Police say Hoppie was driving the family's 1999 Plymouth Voyager northbound on Cordello Avenue near Clayton Street at around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when he struck the man.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS. The victim's identity wasn't immediately known. No other injuries were reported.

Following Hoppie's arrest, the 10-year-old boy was released into the custody of a family member, police said.

Hoppie was arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip where he was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail.

The victim, who police are still trying to identify, is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s last seen wearing a black hoodie. Anyone who saw the incident or may have information in identifying the man, is urged to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.