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Fatal hit and run suspect arrested

EAST NORTHPORT - Suffolk County Police arrested an East Northport man for leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Soundview Avenue in East Northport early Thursday morning.

Vehicular Crime Unit detectives charged Ryan Bales, 24, of 41 Gildare Drive, East Northport, with leaving the scene of a fatal incident.  He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Alexander Zydel, 20, of East Northport, was westbound on Soundview Avenue when his SUV struck a tree at 12:55 a.m. Zydel was ejected from the vehicle and landed on the roadway. He was then struck by a light-colored sedan that was traveling west on Soundview Avenue. The driver of the sedan fled the scene.

Zydel was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash or who may have been driving on Soundview Avenue at the time of the crash to contact the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.