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Fatal Crash Closes Turnpike

A sizeable chunk of Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown was closed off last Tuesday, after yet another pedestrian was mowed over while crossing the street. 

 

According to police, 81-year-old Robert Chapman Sr. exited a NICE bus at Hempstead Tpke. around 5:45 a.m., and attempted to cross the street. Getting through the first two lanes unscathed, Chapman approached the third lane when he was struck by a 1991 Chevy

Geo Prism. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The driver, James Taggart, 43, of Levittown was apprehended by police and has been charged with driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned on April 23, at First District Court in Hempstead.

 

Police said Taggart’s car was impounded for safety inspection and that the investigation is ongoing.  

 

News of the fatal accident along the stretch of Hempstead Tpke. that runs through Levittown comes just months after another incident, last February, when a 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries from a hit-and-run at the corner of Hempstead Tpke. and Shelter Lane. 

 

According to a spokesperson with the Nassau County Public Information Office, there were no further updates on the police investigation at press time.   

News

Nassau County drivers are up in arms due to the recent implementation of school zone speed cameras, which have issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents beef with the county’s speed cameras stems from the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

 

Director of Nassau County Traffic Safety Chris Mistron said that while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours are still considered a violation period. 

One local mom was concerned about her shy daughter’s first acting class at the newly opened Neighborhood Entertainment Arts and Theatre (NEAT) at 166 Center Lane in Levittown; but after her daughter’s lesson with Theatre Director Watson Miller, she was surprised to hear her daughter broke out of her shell, singing not one, but two songs for the class. 

 

“My husband has a very special gift with kids,” Koula Miller said. “He brings out the best in them.” 


Sports

Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off. 

 

“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”

It might not be what you think of as a traditional sport, but at Eisenhower Park people are doing flips in the air and dangling from harnesses, training at I.FLY, a recreational flying trapeze and circus arts program.

 

Anna Marie Cagnazzi is a fairly new convert. “I love the freedom that I feel and the sense of accomplishment that I get,” Cagnazzi said. “Everyone always cheers, and I feel so good about myself. You don’t get to feel that in your everyday life.”

 

Over a year ago the 30-year-old Bethpage resident had no idea that a regular person could trapeze recreationally. Then a co-worker suggested they try a I.FLY class together. 


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