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Driver charged with manslaughter in Hempstead Turnpike taxi crash

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One person was killed and another injured in a car crash on Hempstead Turnpike. (Photo courtesy of Newsday.com)

One person was killed and another injured in a car crash on Hempstead Turnpike. (Photo courtesy of Newsday.com)

FRANKLIN SQUARE, N.Y. — A cab driver has been killed and another driver has been arrested after a crash on Long Island.

The crash happened at 4:15 a.m. Saturday on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square.

Nassau County police say 23-year-old Duke Obule, of Queens, was speeding in a BMW when he struck a taxi and pushed it across two lanes of traffic into a utility pole.

Duke Obule, 23, was charged with manslaughter. (Nassau County Police Department)

Duke Obule, 23, was charged with manslaughter. (Nassau County Police Department)

The taxi driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

A 20-year-old female passenger from the taxi was treated for an ankle fracture.

Obule was arrested on charges including manslaughter, unlicensed driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.