A 52-year-old man who struck and killed a pedestrian with his car in Riverhead on Saturday evening has been charged with felony DWI, an elevated charge, due to a prior DWI conviction, according to Riverhead Town Police.
Alexandre Vvedenski of Riverhead was driving his 1997 Hyundai east on Pulaski Street at around 6:06 p.m. on Saturday when he hit Edward Perricone, 82, also of Riverhead, according to Detective Sergeant Joseph Loggia of the Riverhead Town Police Department.
Mr. Perricone, who had just exited services at St. Isidore’s Roman Catholic Church on Pulaski Street moments earlier, was thrown to the ground after the impact and suffered severe head injuries, Det. Sgt. Loggia said. Mr. Perricone was first transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps and then airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he died several hours later.
Mr. Vvedenski was arrested near the scene and charged with felony DWI, an elevated count because he has had a prior DWI conviction within the past 10 years, according to Det. Sgt. Loggia. He was arraigned on Sunday morning at Riverhead Town Justice Court.
Police said Mr. Vvedenski could face additional charges, pending the results of lab tests regarding his blood alcohol content level at the time of the fatal accident.
“We’ll talk about that with the [Suffolk County] district attorney,” Det. Sgt. Loggia said.