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The dog died at the scene. Johnstone's lawyer told a judge that the suspect was returning from his shift as an X-ray specialist at Huntington Hospital at the time.
This is a space for friendly local discussions. In a News 12 interview, the lawyer, who was not identified, said Johnstone was "obviously not intoxicated, not impaired," and returned to the scene a short time after the incident.
The lawyer said Johnstone realized he had hit "something. Matthew Johnstone, 37, of North Massapequa, a former East Islip gym teacher, reed five years ago after one of his students claimed he had an affair with her.
Patch has learned that, inJohnstone, the top football assistant from at East Islip, reed under pressure following an alleged relationship with one of his female students. It is not clear if the case was settled out of court.
The North Massapequa suspect returned in his battered pick-up truck along with his future father-in-law, a retired New York City detective, News 12 reported. Make sure your replies stay on topic. Review the Patch Community Guidelines. Keep it local and relevant.
Story Written By Joe Dowd and Jason Molinet The Massapequa suspect accused of the hit-and-run death of an Old Beth man and his dog was once a teacher involved in a high-profile sex scandal involving one of his students, Patch has learned. Be transparent.
The rules of replying: Be respectful. Now an X-ray specialist at Huntington Hospital, Johnstone surrendered to police about an hour after running down Robert Michels and his dog, Sparky, on Round Swamp Road, authorities said.
He reed his teaching at the time and is barred from teaching again. To request removal of your name from an arrest report, submit these required items to arrestreports patch.
They were left along the roadway and found by neighbors. Reply to this article Reply.
Michels was pronounced dead at a local hospital. No racist, discriminatory, vulgar or threatening language will be tolerated.