Former E. Islip High School Teacher Charged In Hit-and-Run

Matthew Johnstone.

Matthew Johnstone.

A former East Islip High School teacher who resigned in 2010 after it was revealed that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student is facing new legal troubles.

According to Newsday, Matthew Johnstone, 37, a North Masspequa resident, is charged by Nassau County Police with leaving the scene of an accident on Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage.

Police said Johnstone was driving his 2013 Dodge Viper when he hit Robert Michels, 42, and his dog just after midnight on Thursday. Johnstone left the scene without stopping, police said, but later returned to the scene after having “a change of heart.”

Michels was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow and pronounced dead. The dog, named Scrappy, died at the scene.

According to information from the website Parents For Megan’s Law, Johnstone resigned his teaching position in East Islip three years ago after it was alleged that he had a sexual relationship with a student who graduated in 2007. The victim’s family filed a $40 million lawsuit against the district and Johnstone.

In addition to being a physical education teacher, Johnstone had also served as the high school’s assistant varsity football coach and varsity girls basketball coach.

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