The Town of Hempsted will fire Robert Core, a public safety officer who was charged with DWI and manslaughter for while crossing Hempstead Turnpike Thursday, Town Spokesman Mike Deery said.
According to detectives, 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.
Core was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree manslaughter and DWI. He was also treated for minor injuries at
"Initially, they had considered suspending him," Deery said. "Based on the actions he took on the evening in which he was intoxicated on the job, we think his dismissal was justified."
As of Saturday, Town officials had yet to serve Core with his notice of dismissal, although they said that will be done soon.
"At the earliest possible convenience to serve him, he will be terminated," Deery said.
Calls made to Core's attorney, Lloyd Nadel of Mineola, were not immediately returned.