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Police: E. Northport Man Arrested in Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

Ryan Bales, 24, turned himself into authorities.

Ryan Bales. Credit: Suffolk County Police Department
Ryan Bales. Credit: Suffolk County Police Department

An East Northport man has been arrested for leaving the scene of Thursday morning's fatal crash in East Northport, police said. 

Ryan Bales, 24, turned himself into authorities and is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal incident, a felony. 

Bales' vehicle struck Alexander Zydel, whose body was in the roadway on Soundview Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. after he was ejected from his own car when it crashed and hit a tree, police said. 

Zydel, 20, of East Northport, was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

Bales is being held overnight at the Second Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday. 

Dan May 02, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Your right Bales should have stayed at the scene. The article said his body was in the roadway. Sorry, that didn't sound like he was walking around. I am speaking from experience. Years ago I was on the William Floyd parkway just as it was getting dark out. I saw what appeared at first to be a blanket in the road in the middle of my lane. At first I thought is wasn't worth swerving out of my lane to avoid it but last minute I thought whatever this is it's too high and by going over it I may damage me car. So I swerved and as I went by I realized it was a person. I stopped, backed up, I was doing 60 so I was at least 300 past, there was no traffic coming and I put my flashers on and parked on the roadway before him to block anyone else from hitting him. This was actually before cell phones so I tried to comfort him and waited for help. Someone else stopped and went to the next exit to find a payphone to call police. I was shaking the whole time, almost felt like I was in shock (cold, clamy, felt faint). When the cops got there they gave me the third degree until his girlfrend on the overpass above confirmed he had jumped and no one had struck him. All I'm saying is I can see how one could panic in a situation like this. I never found out what happened to the guy that I encountered but I hope his physical as well as emotional needs were met.
Dan May 02, 2014 at 11:07 AM
My prayers are with his family. It still hurts me when I think of my nephew,19, killed while jogging in the dark, by a hit and run driver. He was jogging on the right side of the road, never saw it coming. I tell everybody NEVER walk, jog or run on the right side of the road!!! Always face traffic, and if a car doesn't see you, you have a chance to jump out of the way. His killer was never caught; so I know the anger / hurt.
Liana Casamassa May 02, 2014 at 08:22 PM
RIP Another life taking so suddenly.
Paul Wilard May 03, 2014 at 07:44 PM
I hope he rots in prison! rest in peace.
Bales Is A Drug Addict May 04, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Give him the death penalty

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