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Old-Bethpage Man and his Dog Killed in Hit-and-Run

Cops: Massapequa driver returned to the scene and was arrested.

Matthew Johnstone of North Massapequa is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal crash Thursday that killed an Old Bethpage man.
Matthew Johnstone of North Massapequa is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal crash Thursday that killed an Old Bethpage man.
An Old Bethpage man walking his dog on Round Swamp Road was struck down and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Thursday, Nassau Police said.

A short time later, the driver returned to the scene and was arrested without incident, police said.

Robert Michaels, 42, of Old Bethpage, was walking his dog south along Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage when he was hit by a 2013 Dodge Avenger. The driver fled the scene without stopping, police said. The deadly incident took place about 12:30 a.m.

Michaels was transported to Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) where he was pronounced dead a half-hour later. His dog was found dead at the scene.

A short time later, the driver, Matthew Johnstone, 37, of North Massapequa, returned to the scene and was arrested without incident, police said.

Johnstone is charged with leaving the scene of an incident. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Did you know Robert Michaels? Can you tell us more about him and his life in our community?

This is a breaking news story and Patch will provide more information as it's made available.

Dorothy A Whalen September 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Such a shame, just walking his dog, and now a young man is no longer with us. Both he and his dog killed, by a reckless driver, to say the least. Just terribly sad.
LS September 20, 2013 at 02:54 PM
This is very sad. Condolences to Mr. Michaels' family. I am not surprised at this horrible event. The people around here drive like maniacs. I have known several people who were run down and killed by speeding drivers. Is it really worth risking hurting someone just to get to the next red light a few seconds sooner? Please everyone, drive respectfully.
jennifer September 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM
This person is a problem....i used to see him at La Fitness. Not a nice individual he was extreme with his female clients i feel bad for his ex wife ...she stood by this guy when he had to leave his position as a teacher in HS bc he had some type of relationship with a student...its public knowledge google it. Not sure how you dont realize you hit someone it's not like you hit a rock.
Dorothy A Whalen September 28, 2013 at 02:10 PM
i agree about the continuing on. Went home to check his situation out, then returned. Who knows,if he had stopped and called for help - a few seconds sooner, Rob may have been saved. I will be watching to see how this case moves along.
jennifer September 28, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Does anyone know why he took off ? it def would of helped if he did call the police immediately time is of the most important in something like this . I feel terriable for the victims family

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