Westchester County, NY- Briarcliff Manor resident Joseph Mangialardi was killed late Tuesday night when he was struck by a suspected drunken driver on Route 9A.

Mangialardi, 55, is an attorney who was running for justice in Ossining. He was tending to his campaign signs around 10 p.m. when he was struck.

A Nissan Altima, driven by Michelle Sergio, 38, was traveling north on Route 134 as Mangialardi was crossing the street when he was hit by her vehicle. Mangialardi was pronounced dead at the scene, the News Journal reported.

According to Westchester County Police, Sergio was driving in a 45 mph zone where there were street lights. Mangialardi was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

Sergio and another driver who was passing at the same time told police they did not see the pedestrian.

Sergio was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor DUI. There is no information on whether she faces additional charges for Mangialardi’s death. Her next court date is scheduled for Sept. 10th and she is being held on $500,000 bond.

Route 9A at Route 134 was closed until early Wednesday morning so an investigation could be conducted.

“The full circumstances of the accident are still under investigation,” said police spokesman Kieran O’Leary told the Journal News. Mangialardi’s car was parked near the scene.

Mangialardi was a defense attorney who represented clients in a number of DUI cases. He was also a major in the New York Guard. He leaves behind his wife of 27 years and two daughters.

He was running for Ossining justice for the second time. He lost a 2011 race to Justice Nancy Quinn Koba. During the campaign he told the Journal News, “I’ve always been involved in public service. A judge to me is where the rubber meets the road. That’s where the average person deals with the judicial system.”

A simple DUI is a serious challenge for a driver in New York. The penalties can include a jail sentence and suspension of a driver’s license. The fines and other financial penalties are high often costing the individual several thousand dollars. A DUI also stays on an individual’s record for years so it critical the offender retains a DUI attorney to thoroughly examine all the evidence and circumstances surrounding an arrest. There are a number of defense strategies that can be employed to help the offender avoid a DUI conviction or plead for a lesser charge.

Even though people are angered when a suspected drunken driver injures or kills someone, but these individuals have the right to present a defense on their behalf. Everyone is presumed innocent until they are found guilty by the courts. A Westchester County DUI attorney will work diligently on a case and make certain that all the evidence against their clients has been properly collected and presented. Police and drivers make mistakes, but an attorney will make certain a person doesn’t pay for that mistake for the rest of their lives.