Woman Hit, Killed by Friend She Didn't Want to Drive Her
Long Island woman was afraid he was too drunk
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2014 1:40 PM CDT
This photo released on July 26, 2014 by the Suffolk County Police Department on New York's Long Island shows Lawrence Pagano, 23, who called 911 after his car struck Krystal Berkowitz, 21, on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Suffolk County Police Department)

(Newser) – After a night out together, in the wee hours of Saturday on Long Island, Krystal Berkowitz, 21, got out of her friend Lawrence Pagano's Jeep Liberty in a parking lot and started walking home, afraid Pagano was too drunk to drive, police say. She had walked about a half-mile when, they say, 23-year-old Pagano caught up with her after driving out of the parking lot—and while pulling over to talk to her around 4am, he allegedly hit her with his car. He called 911 and was trying to help Berkowitz, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, and he's been charged with DWI, News 12 reports.

"I can't even quantify how hard it must have hit him because he loved the girl," a mutual friend tells Newsday, adding that the pair had remained friends after first dating for a while. "They were best friends. He's got to be killing himself on the inside right now."

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Phil M. Kelley
Jul 28, 2014 8:30 PM CDT
Heads: I love you Krystal. Tails: I will kill you Krystal. Too bad for her it came up tails, but for the poster who opines, "He's got to be killing himself on the inside right now," I observe that if he killed himself on the outside, he'd save the rest of us a lot of money. Plus we would be able to give him a Darwin Award as a sendoff.
Jul 28, 2014 3:37 PM CDT
Too late for her, but it would also seem to make good sense before going out drinking w someone to plan ahead of time how they are going to get home. I mean, duh, if you are drinking you might consume enough to become very unsafe behind the wheel. & of course a person does not all of a sudden become unsafe when their blood alcohol exceeds .08. They were somewhat impaired before that level. Of course as people are drinking, their ability to discern how impaired they might be diminishes. So, plan before starting the drinking or even before leaving home. Take alternate transportation, or some way plan how they will tell if the driver is impaired & how they will get home. We as humans are really good at denial about things like this.
Jul 28, 2014 8:26 AM CDT
"Killed by Friend She Didn't Want to Drive Her". This sentence sounds idiotic. Like something a child would say. Shouldn't it be "she didn't want to ride with"? In any event, how fkg fast was he going when he pulled over?