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Woman Denies Killing Pedestrian

Immigrant was dragged 500 feet after hit-and-run on Jericho Turnpike.

A Melville woman pleaded not guilty Thursday to several charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Huntington Station last fall.

Nicole Grammerstorf is accused of striking Luis Dagoberto Flores Hernandez, 27, near the Thorney Avenue intersection in Huntington Station and dragging him nearly 500 feet before he was dislodged in front of the Whitman Motor Lodge at 295 East Jericho Tpke. The accident occurred at 10:36 p.m. Sept. 3 in front of the 7-Eleven store at 329 E Jericho Tpke.

The Honduran immigrant died two days later.

Also charged in the case is a mechanic, Mark Monserrat of North Babylon, who is accused of conspiracy and tampering with evidence. He also pleaded not guilty Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip.

Huntington attorney John LoTurco said Garmmerstorf  "professes her innocence" and that she had previously transferred the title of the car to another person and did not own the car when the accident happened. He also said she was with numerous relatives at the time of the accident. "We will vigorously and zealously defend Nicole of these charges and fully expect her to be exonerated," he said.

She is charged with conspiracy, tampering with evidence, hindering prosecution, leaving the scene of an accident, and endangering the welfare of a child, because her child was in the car when the accident occurred.

Police initially had little to go on in the accident; the victim could not initially be identified. In mid-September, police released a photo of the vehicle they suspected of involvement, saying it was most likely a 1998-2004 model Pathfinder, and was last seen traveling west on Jericho Turnpike.  The vehicle may have lower front-end damage that may extend to the hood and windshield.

Crime Stoppers also offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Alex DeLarge April 12, 2013 at 12:59 AM
The way these illegal immigrants cross the road in the dark randomly as if they're still in their podunk Salvadoran towns, it's not a surprise this finally happened. These people need to learn that we have crosswalks and LAWS that we obey. The woman was probably scared half to death.
Janet Mays April 12, 2013 at 01:27 AM
If she was was drunk or high she would have a reason to be scared. Otherwise any decent human being would stop and get help, no matter where the the person that they hit was born.
Rich H April 12, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Not a fan of those who shirk the law and those turning my neighborhood into a central american donkey town; however a 500' drag with a mechanic helper wreaks of criminality my friend. We are all human & the one behind the wheel always bears the greater responsibility.If guilty what a real POS!
Chris F April 12, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Really? Must you sully our town with your ignorance? How dare you sit in judgement on another human being, you should be ashamed!!!!
Heather April 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Who cares if she was scared to death? She KILLED SOMEBODY! Doesn't really matter where the person came from.
Heather April 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM
I hope she's punished to the fullest extent of the law!
edward April 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM
I hope the courts decide. That is why we have laws, not social media to decide!
BK13 April 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Sounds shady all around. It's very hard to hit someone and drag them 500 feet without being aware unless you are high or drunk. It's a human life. And if you did nothing wrong you pull over and wait for the police, you will be exonerated for hitting someone at night who may have been illegally crossing the road. Alex DeSmall you sound like a real champ. If she was scared then drive to a police station and report what happened.

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