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Police: Long Island man surrenders following fatal hit-and-run

A police booking photo shows Ryan Bales, 24, of East Northport, after his arrest Thursday on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal incident.
Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Dept.

An East Northport man has surrendered to police following a fatal hit-and-run crash in which authorities say he ran over a man who had been thrown into the road from a separate collision before fleeing the scene.

Ryan Bales, 24, turned himself in to detectives Thursday evening and was booked on a felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal incident, a Suffolk County police spokeswoman said.

According to law enforcement officials, the victim, 20-year-old Alexander Zydel, was driving his 2003 Ford Explorer westbound along Soundview Avenue in East Northport at 12:55 a.m. Thursday when he crashed into a tree. Zydel was thrown from his sport utility vehicle and landed on the roadway where he was struck by a light-colored sedan that was also traveling west on the same road.

Investigators said the driver of the sedan – who they’ve now identified as Bales – fled the scene and left Zydel lying in the roadway. Zydel was taken to Huntington Hospital, but soon succumbed to his injuries. Police had been canvassing the area around the crash site in hopes of finding witnesses or discovering surveillance video that may have captured the incident.

Bales was held in police custody Thursday night and is expected to face a judge Friday at First District Court in Central Islip for arraignment.

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