Public Safety Officer Charged with Manslaughter, DWI

The Hempstead Town employee was allegedly driving while intoxicated when he struck and killed a pedestrian on Hempstead Turnpike.

A Town of Hempstead Public Safety officer was arrested Thursday and charged with driving while intoxicated and manslaughter after he allegedly killed a man who was crossing Hempstead Turnpike, Nassau County police said on Friday.

According to detectives, Robert Core, 42, of Hempstead, was responding to an emergency call in Levittown just before 11:30 p.m. when he struck a 50-year-old male, identified as Eddie Albert Cotto, of Lindenhurst, who was crossing southbound on Hempstead Turnpike in the vicinity of Franklin Avenue. Core was driving a Town of Hempstead Public Safety Vehicle.

A volunteer Levittown ambulance crew was leaving when they heard the crash, and they responded to the scene. They transported the Cotto to NUMC, where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m.

Core was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree manslaughter and DWI. He was also treated for minor injuries at NUMC. He will be arraigned "as soon as practical" at First District Court in Hempstead, according to officials.

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and town council members extended their condolences to the friends and family of the victim.

Core is being suspended without pay pending the outcome of criminal proceedings in the matter, according to a town statement.

Charles Werner July 15, 2011 at 09:05 PM
I was wondering if you could help me? I live on Falcon St right off Newbridge Rd. This past week the county trucks have been on our block and the next block of Falcon St making all sorts of notations in the middle of the street about 25 Feet apart. Do you have any idea what they plan on doing? I sure hope its repaving because both blocks can sure use it. Thank you, Charles Werner cw82ndair53@aol.com


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