Police: Hit-and-run driver busted in Westhampton Beach

09/10/2012 8:30 AM |

A two-car crash at a Riverside intersection Sunday led to the arrest of a 21-year-old unlicensed driver for fleeing the scene, Southampton Town police said.

And in this case, the cops got help from the accident victim, who had tailed the fleeing pickup to Westhampton Beach after the 11:40 a.m. crash at Flanders Road and Ludlam Avenue, police said.

Police had arrived to the crash scene when they were notified the driver of a black pickup had fled, and that he was being followed by the other driver, officials said in a release.

Also with the help of Westhampton Village police, Southampton Town cops soon located both vehicles on Montauk Highway near Rogers Lane, where officers arrested the pickup truck driver, Marco Antonio Cruz of Riverside.

Mr. Cruz was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, unlicensed operation of vehicle, and for having only one plate.

He was being held at Southampton police headquarters for a morning arraignment.

The other driver was taken by Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance volunteers to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment of minor injuries, police said.