Drunk Public Safety Officer Kills Pedestrian on Long Island: Cops

Friday, Jul 15, 2011  |  Updated 7:33 PM EDT
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A Town of Hempstead public safety officer pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after allegedly killing a pedestrian he struck with his patrol vehicle

A Town of Hempstead public safety officer pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after allegedly killing a pedestrian he struck with his patrol vehicle

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A Long Island public safety officer is charged with fatally striking a pedestrian while driving drunk in a Town of Hempstead patrol car.

Nassau County police say Robert Core was on duty at the time of the accident late Thursday in East Meadow.

After striking the victim, a 50-year-old man, he traveled 150 feet with the victim on his hood, police say.

Core was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and with driving while intoxicated.

The accident occurred on Hempstead Turnpike, in front of the Nassau University Medical Center. The victim died there a short time later.

Core also was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The name of his attorney was not immediately available.

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