UPDATE: Police identify victim in fatal Riverside crash

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11/25/2014 2:00 PM |
The fatal accident scene in Riverside Sunday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The fatal accident scene in Riverside Sunday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

UPDATE, TUESDAY 2 P.M.:  Southampton Town Police have identified the victim killed in Sunday night’s fatal accident on Flanders Road as Fidel Ortiz, 42, of Riverside, according to a release.

The other man who was hit in the crash is currently in intensive care at Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce said Monday morning that he does not anticipate charges in the fatal crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southampton Town Police Detective Division at 631-702-2230. All calls will be kept confidential, officials said.

UPDATE, MONDAY 11:45 A.M.: Southampton Town Police Chief Robert Pearce said Monday morning that he does not anticipate charges in Sunday night’s fatal crash in Riverside, and the victim in the crash has yet to be identified, as the man did not have ID on him at the time of the crash.

Mr. Pearce said the driver of the car was a 40-year-old Riverhead man, though “It doesn’t appear to be criminal in nature,” the chief said on Monday.

The man killed in the crash will have to be fingerprinted at the morgue, Mr. Pearce said.

As for the other man who was hit in the crash, who is in critical condition at Stony Brook Hospital, his family has yet to be notified of the incident, so police are withholding releasing his name, according to the chief.

ORIGINAL STORY: One pedestrian was killed and another was critically injured Sunday after a vehicle hit them as they crossed Route 24 in Riverside, according to police and fire officials at the scene.

One male victim died from his injuries after the accident occurred near Vail Avenue shortly before 8 p.m., Southampton Town and New York State police said.

The other male pedestrian is in critical condition and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, a Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance official said.

The male driver was traveling alone and wasn’t injured, according to a Southampton Town police press release issued at around 2:15 a.m. Monday.

The driver and victims’ identities haven’t been released as of 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Riverhead Fire Department officials also assisted in the rescue efforts.

A portion of the road remained closed near the traffic circle for about three hours, officials said.

No other details were immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southampton Town Police Detective Division at 631-702-2230. All calls will be kept confidential, officials said.

The Riverhead News-Review will update this developing story as more details become available.

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