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Man charged with DWI in crash that leaves friend dead

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jul 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-26 15:38:54-04

CORAM, NY (PIX11) — A man has been arrested for hitting and killing his friend while driving drunk.

Lawrence Pagano, 23,  allegedly struck his friend Krystal Berkowitz, 21, while driving drunk in his 2006 Jeep Liberty at 4 a.m. Saturday morning.

At first, Berkowitz and Pagano were inside the vehicle together in parking lot.

Then the Berkowitz left and decided to walk home because Pagano was intoxicated.

Pagano proceeded to pull the vehicle to side of the road to speak with her. Instead, he struck Berkowitz.

At 4:11 a.m. officers respond to a call  from Pagano, who reported his friend was on the side of the road with a serious head injury.

Berkowitz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pagano was arrested and charged with DWI. He will be arraigned on Sunday.