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Police Name Suspect In Gas-And-Dash Hit-And-Run That Killed Station Manager

BALDWIN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Nassau County police are seeking a suspect in connection to the deadly hit-and run of gas station worker killed Monday following a dispute over a partial fill-up of gasoline.

Police say Joshua Roston was the driver of an SUV seen on surveillance video shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Pit Stop Gas Station on Grand Avenue in Baldwin.

Witnesses say station manager Cemal Dagdeviren, 59, of Levittown, confronted the driver about not paying for his fuel after asking for a fill-up. Police say station employees were suspicious since the SUV has no plates and the driver was acting strangely.

Surveillance video shows the victim talking with the driver before moving in front of the SUV to prevent it from driving away.

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The vehicle then appears to accelerate, and detectives say that's when the victim was run over. Dagdeviren was transported to South Nassau Communities Hospital and pronounced dead.

Joshua Roston
Joshua Roston (credit: Nassau County Police)

Police say minutes before the hit-and-run the suspect – seen in an orange hat – tried to use a fake credit card inside the gas station but was denied.

Investigators say the SUV then turned and fled south after leaving the station. Authorities are warning people to be on the lookout for an early 1990's GMC Yukon or Suburban-type vehicle with front end driver's side damage.

Nassau County police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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