Man, 67, struck and killed by drunk driver on Staten Island

Lily Pond Avenue and Guilford Street
A 67-year-old man was walking in the bike lane on Lily Pond Road on Sunday when he was struck from behind by a vehicle operated by a drunk driver, police said. Credit: Google Maps

A 67-year-old Staten Island man died on Sunday after being struck by a vehicle operated by a drunk driver, police said.

James Benedict was walking northbound in the bike lane on Lily Pond Avenue in Fort Wadsworth about 6:55 p.m. when a 2004 Lexus hit him from behind. Benedict was taken to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Lexus, 39-year-old Michael Pogorzelski, was taken into custody at the scene and later charged with driving while intoxicated.


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