Tragedy Strikes: Hit-and-Run Incident Claims Life of North Lawrence Woman; Suspect Arrested

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The Nassau County Homicide Squad reported the arrest of Melvin Deleon, 35, of 80 Wallace Street, Freeport was arrested for a fatal hit-and-run. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at First District Court, 99 Main Street, Hempstead.
The Nassau County Homicide Squad reported the arrest of Melvin Deleon, 35, of 80 Wallace Street, Freeport was arrested for a fatal hit-and-run. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at First District Court, 99 Main Street, Hempstead.

NORTH LAWRENCE, NY – The Nassau County Homicide Squad has released new details surrounding a fatal vehicular accident that shook the community on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at approximately 7:20 pm. According to detectives, an unidentified female pedestrian was tragically struck by a vehicle while crossing Burnside Avenue, walking northbound at Washington Place. The vehicle failed to stop, fleeing the scene, leaving the victim with severe trauma. Despite efforts, the pedestrian, later identified as Esmeralda Larios-Perez, 34, of Inwood, succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

In a recent update provided by Detectives Sergeant Hussain of the Homicide Squad on January 31, 2024, the squad announces the apprehension of Melvin Deleon, 35, of 80 Wallace Street, Freeport, in connection with the aforementioned incident. Deleon faces charges related to the fatal accident and was scheduled for arraignment today, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at First District Court, 99 Main Street, Hempstead.

Detectives continue to encourage anyone with additional information to reach out to Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS or call 911. All information provided will be kept confidential.

Important: This story is categorized as a crime story and thus it is important to note that charges are accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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