MINEOLA, new york – New York Fire Department employee was held on $ 1 million bail Sunday after authorities, said he ran across an honors college student on Long Island after a small accident.
Daniel Coppolo, 31, of Deer Park, pleaded not guilty in the Nov. 9 accident that resulted in the death of the 18-year-old Taranjit Parmar of Levittown.
Judge Eileen Goggin set of bail-in of $1 million, well above the $600,000 bail asked by the officers of justice in the First district Court in Hempstead.
In the court papers, the police said Coppolo was driving a car in Levittown when it was involved in an accident with a Jeep driven by Parmar.
She said Coppolo, in the first instance, stepped out of the car to assess the damage, but they have refused to call the police to report the accident or to exchange information with Parmar.
He got in his car and tried to leave the scene as Parmar held on the handle of his driver’s door and asked him to stay on, court papers said.
Instead, police said, he fled through a parking lot “which is his vehicle in an extremely reckless manor while the victim was in the company car.”
After the victim was dragged for several feet, her body was run over by the rear driver’s side tire, police said of the encounter that was captured on video. Parmar was declared dead in a hospital.
Attorney Lawrence Carra said he has not seen credible evidence that his client, a fire department dispatcher who was on medical leave from the job for the past few months, was the driver of the vehicle that ran over Parmar.
Carra, called the death a “true tragedy” and condolences to the Parmar family.
But he said that he will wait until he sees all the evidence, to decide how to proceed with the defense of a man with a history of mental problems.
“We keep an open mind,” he said.
He said Coppolo was Saturday arrested because he was released on $2,500 bail on a robbery charge in an unrelated case. Carra said he was questioned by two detectives.
Renjit Parmar, the father of the Adelphi University honours student, told a Mineola press conference of the public to provide leads that will result in Coppolo’s arrest.
Coppolo was indicted for manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with physical evidence and reckless endangering.
The manipulation costs, the government claimed that Coppolo applied a fresh coat of wax or other substance to be fender to hide that an accident had occurred, the lawyer said.