Man with pending charges cited with fatal car accident on Long Island
MASTIC BEACH, N.Y. — A man with pending charges for assault and robbery in Brattleboro was arrested and charged with causing the death of two people in a motor vehicle crash on Long Island on Dec. 22.
According to Newsday, Patrick Poillon, 24, of Mastic Beach, was driving a 2006 Ford Explorer south on Huguenot Drive at 10:11 p.m., when he struck a 2004 Subaru going east on Forest Road West, according to police.
The driver of the Subaru, William Molnar, 50, and his wife, Jean Molnar, 41, a passenger in the front seat, both of Mastic Beach, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police transported a 22-year-old man who was a passenger in the front seat of Poillon's vehicle to Stony Brook University Hospital via helicopter to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Poillon fled the scene of the crash on foot, Suffolk County police said, and was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
At his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip, Poillon was ordered held on $5 million bond or $1 million cash bail, stated the New York Post.
In Brattleboro, Poillon has two cases pending from August 2016 when he and his then-girlfriend, Mariam Belarj, 20, of Medford, N.Y., allegedly assaulted a man on Elliot Street, punching and kicking him before stealing recently purchased alcoholic beverages from him.
During the assault, a local civil rights activist stopped her car and attempted to intervene. According to documents filed with Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, Poillon called the African-American woman a racial slur after she exited her car.
Following his arrest, Poillon entered not-guilty pleas to charges of assault and robbery, simple assault and aggravated disorderly conduct.
Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Shriver told the Reformer on Monday that Poillon had been released on $5,000 bail. His address of record is in Mastic Beach.
In June of this year he was taken into custody in Brattleboro on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. His bail was raised to $10,000, which his attorney appealed. The court lowered his bail back to $5,000 and released him. According to court documents, his conditions of release include that he not contact his victims in the Brattleboro incident. However, noted Shriver, there are no conditions that he regularly check in with a law enforcement agency, either in Brattleboro or in Mastic Beach.
Poillon also has charges pending in Suffolk County. In June 2017, Poillon was charged with criminal trespassing charge and operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration.
According to the New York Post, court records note that he has failed to appear on those charges.
Shriver said Poillon was scheduled to appear in Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Jan. 18, but she expects that hearing will be postponed.
"I will be working with prosecutors in Suffolk County to determine how to best proceed with our charges," she said. "Of course, the charges in Mastic Beach will take precedence."
Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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