Manager John Pappias, 47, pleaded not guilty to a at Suffolk County Court last week, according to Newsday, though his attorney said he feels "horrible" about what happened and is cooperating fully with police.
Pappias was arrested on Jan. 14 after police linked his Chevy Tahoe pickup truck to debris at the scene of an Oct. 28 hit and run on Fort Salonga Road that took the life of construction worker Victor Schultz, who was working along the side of the road.
This is not the first time Pappias has struck a pedestrian. In 2010, a 15-year-old boy was critically injured in Bay Shore after he darted out on his bicycle in front of Pappias' 2008 Honda, though no criminal charges were filed.
Pappias was held on $50,000 cash bail by Judge Martin Efman Jan. 25 and is due back to court on Feb. 16. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years if convicted.
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