Woman injured in Hamptons crash involving Riverhead bus driver

08/30/2012 11:34 PM |
Jitney, Hamptons, Southampton Police, Water Mill, Montauk Highway crash

SOUTHAMPTON TOWN POLICE PHOTO | The Jitney crash scene Thursday on Montauk HIghway in Water Mill.

A woman was seriously injured Tuesday after a Riverhead man driving a Jitney bus dropped his drink and got distracted, causing a chain-reaction crash in Water Mill, Southampton Town police.

The three-car accident happened on Montauk Highway about 2 p.m., when the bus driver, 51-year-old James Miles got distracted and smacked into the back of a Mercedes Benz carrying five people, police said.

The Mercedes then got pushed into the back of a masonry dump truck, Southampton Town police said.

Local firefighters responded and extracted all five people from the car, including Lisa Lakeman, 20, of East Hampton, who suffered serious head injuries, police said. She was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center.

The dump truck’s driver, Brian Doroska, 42, of Hampton Bays, was treated for minor injuries at Southampton Hospital.

The bus and truck were inspected and issued summonses, which were unspecified by police. No criminal charges were expected.