Cops still investigating Flanders hit-and-run crash

05/21/2013 11:00 AM |
COURTESY PHOTO | An undated photo of Aaron Hartmann, who was seriously injured Sunday morning.

COURTESY PHOTO | An undated photo of Aaron Hartmann, who was seriously injured on May 12.

Detectives are still “actively investigating” the early morning crash that seriously injured a 23-year-old Riverhead man on May 12, authorities said this week.

The Southampton Town Police Department is looking into the possibility that others may have gotten involved in the incident after the crash itself, although no additional charges have yet been made

The probe will continue “to right any other wrongs,” Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa told the News-Review.

Meanwhile, Aaron Hartmann, the man injured in the crash on County Road 105, is continuing his recovery at Stony Brook Medical Center, relatives said.

Mr. Hartmann’s uncle, Bobby, said his nephew is in stable condition. He’s speaking a bit, though quietly, and breathing without the assistance of a respirator. Doctors are monitoring his brain for any swelling and conducted a skin graph on his leg last week.

Although police arrested Jacqueline Celentano, 21, of Calverton, last Tuesday for leaving the scene of the crash on County Road 105 in Flanders, Bobby Hartmann said he still wants answers as to why no crime scene and accident investigation happened immediately after police were called to the scene.

Police Chief Robert Pearse had told the News-Review officers didn’t fully recognize the seriousness of the injuries, and some confusion involving second-hand information also led to the delay.

Bobby Hartmann said he just wants to be sure no such serious crimes are mishandled in the future.

“What type of safeguards are they going to implement to make sure this happens again?” Bobby Hartmann. “We want to make lemonade out of lemons, and find out what can be learned from all of this.”

He also said that if Ms. Celentano was aided in attempting to allude police after the hit-and-run crash, then those people should step up and faces charges, to “pay their pound of flesh,” for any possible wrongdoing.

Ms. Celentano, a 2009 Riverhead High School graduate, was arraigned last Wednesday in Southampton Justice Court and later posted $30,000 bail. Two Riverhead Stop & Shop employees, who declined to give a name, said Ms. Celentano has been working at the Riverhead supermarket on Route 58 for about a year.

Detectives are looking into whether Ms. Celentano had been working late the night of the accident, Sgt. Costa said.

Bobby Hartmann asked that residents continue to pray for his nephew and Ms. Celentano.

“It’s OK to be mad at the situation,” he said, asking people to temper any feelings of ill-will toward her. “But she’s in the justice system now. She deserves to have her soul saved just as Aaron does or anybody else.”

cmiller@timesreview.com

with Michael White

9 Comment

  • hermes bags prices Southampton cops probe any other ‘wrongs’ that followed crash | Riverhead News Review

  • hermes bags black diamond rings Southampton cops probe any other ‘wrongs’ that followed crash | Riverhead News Review

  • hermes bags collection ext Southampton cops probe any other ‘wrongs’ that followed crash | Riverhead News Review

  • hermes h belt polyvore Southampton cops probe any other ‘wrongs’ that followed crash | Riverhead News Review

  • hermes belt thailand shop Southampton cops probe any other ‘wrongs’ that followed crash | Riverhead News Review

  • Primarily can’t wait to get out the open-toed shoes. My treasured time of yr. Already possess the poppy-colored toe nails expecting liberation.

  • Your style is so unique compared to other folks Ive read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess Ill just book mark this web site.

  • Some genuinely interesting information, well written and broadly speaking user pleasant.

  • Sods law isn’t it – spending ages looking for something, only to find a page like yours that provides you all the information in one location that you’ve just wasted hours researching! The way this post has been written is just superb! Not only is is extremely informative, it is also extremely simple to understand. Well done! I like to try and learn something everyday, and this blog has certainly taught me something. My father always said “a day without learning anything is a wasted day”. I have certainly learnt a great deal from this page, cheers. If it’s OK with you, I’d like to post a link to your website from my Facebook page, I hope that’s okay?