Author: Francis Kelley/Tue, Dec 23, 2014/Categories: Blog

Cab_Driver_Strikes_Kills_Pedestrian_in_HempsteadA pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday night by a taxi driven by a motorist with a suspended license.

Raymond Sipel, Jr., 30, died at the scene of the crash around 10:45 p.m. Sunday. The Suffolk County Police Department told the Associated Press (AP) that cab driver Christian Lopez-Barcelo, 31, was traveling southbound on Depot Road in Huntington when Sipel ran eastbound across the road.

The cab driver was uninjured but was transported to Huntington Hospital for treatment of stress-related symptoms. He has since been released. Police said the man was arrested for driving with a suspended license and was released on an appearance ticket. The cab was impounded for a safety check. The vehicle was owned by Orange and White Taxi Company, the AP reported.

Raymond Sipel, Jr. was an active firefighter with the Huntington Manor Fire Department, where he joined the Hose Company Number 1 in February 2014. Sipel, Sr. is a 38-year veteran of the department, according to a department press release published on

One man died and another was injured earlier this month when they were struck by a Dodge Challenger as they crossed Clinton Street at Dartmouth Street in Hempstead.  One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene and the other man was taken to the hospital with nonspecific injuries, the Long Island Press reported.

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