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UPDATE: Cops ID Pedestrian Killed in Riverside DWI

Southampton Town detectives announced the victim's name Tuesday evening.

UPDATE: 5:44 p.m.: After a plea to the public to help identify a pedestrian allegedly killed by a Suffolk County Corrections officer who was charged with driving while intoxicated, Southampton Town Police have identified him as Efren Ramirez-Gomez, 32, of Riverside.

Original story: On Monday, Suffolk County Corrections officer, Christopher A. Dean, 41, of Riverhead, he struck and killed a pedestrian in a Riverside accident early Monday morning.

According to police, a call was received at approximately 12:33 a.m. regarding a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred near the intersection of Flanders Road and Old Quogue Road in Riverside. 

Dean, who was driving a 2002 Mercedes–Benz, was traveling westbound on Flanders Road when police allege he struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on the westbound side of the roadway.  

Southampton Town police and detectives responding to the scene found a man lying dead in the westbound travel portion of the roadway.

Dean was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was transported to Southampton Town police headquarters where he submitted to a blood test and was held overnight for a morning arraignment.  

Members of the Flanders Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the New York State Troopers, and the Riverhead Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist.

Detectives iasked for the public's help in identifying the victim, who was described as being approximately 5’ tall with black hair, and was a middle aged Hispanic male.

Traffic was closed in both directions from the traffic circle to Ludlam Avenue during the course of the investigation and has since reopened.  

Dean posted $10,000 bail and was released. He is expected back in Southampton Town Justice Court on July 25 at 9 a.m.

bucky June 27, 2012 at 02:48 AM
10,000.00 dollar bail pretty low price for killing someone that's only 1,000.00 to a bail bondsman ohh wait he's a correction officer so its OK he's a good Guy
Algebra June 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The purpose of bail is to ensure the defendant shows up in court. It is not punitive in nature, bucky.
bucky June 27, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I understand that but you don't see it.people who enforce our laws should be held at a hire standards not using their status as a crutch.I don't know but 10,000.00 is low for a homicide or manslaughter
tony November 27, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Why hasnt the DA up the charges yet?

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