A Long Island man has been arrested on charges related to a fatal hit-and-run incident involving a pedestrian near UBS Arena last month. The accused, Osman Zavala-Varela, 36, from Hempstead, was taken into custody on January 10 by officers at the 105th Precinct in Queens Village for his involvement in the crash that resulted in the death of 66-year-old Gary Charlotin from North Baldwin.
The collision occurred at approximately 8 p.m. on December 10 at the intersection of Hempstead Avenue and 223rd Street in front of the UBS Arena. According to police reports, officers arrived at the scene to discover Charlotin with severe injuries lying in the roadway. Emergency Medical Services were dispatched and pronounced him deceased at the location.
An extensive investigation led by the NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad revealed that Zavala-Varela, operating a light-colored sedan heading west on Hempstead Avenue, hit Charlotin while he was crossing the street. After the incident, Zavala-Varela did not stop and fled the scene. Authorities also stated that subsequently, a second motorist driving a light-colored SUV and traveling eastbound on Hempstead Avenue collided with Charlotin as he lay on the road. This driver too left the scene and is still currently being sought after.
Zavala-Varela is facing charges including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and disobeying a traffic signal. The NYPD’s Highway District Collision Investigation Squad continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragic event as they work to bring justice for the victim and his family.
The primary focus of the authorities is on locating the second motorist involved in this fatal sequence of events. The NYPD is urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward as the search for the second driver continues. Meanwhile, the community has been left shaken by this loss, and officials reinforce the importance of driver vigilance and stringent adherence to traffic laws to prevent such unfortunate incidents in the future.
The case poses a poignant reminder of the devastating consequences that can stem from hit-and-run accidents. Efforts to track down the second vehicle involved are being prioritized as part of the commitment to full accountability and public safety on the roads. As the legal process unfolds, authorities assure that every step is being taken to ensure a thorough investigation worthy of serving the cause of justice.If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or died as the result of an accident, contact Long Island personal injury attorneys Cohen & Jaffe for expert legal counsel. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information and may not be applicable in your jurisdiction.