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12/13/16 6:08pm

Riverhead taxi crash Roanoke Avenue

A 4-year-old boy and his pregnant mother were ejected from a taxi in a crash on Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead Tuesday evening, town police said.

The taxi driver was headed south on Roanoke Avenue with the mom and child seated in the rear at 5:23 p.m. when he attempted to make a left-hand turn into a driveway and was T-boned by a silver minivan heading north, according to police. First responders found the mother, later identified as 27-year-old Estela Ortiz-Casia, and her son lying in the street as they arrived.

All four people involved in the crash were taken to area hospitals by ambulance, though none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Ms. Ortiz-Casia was driven by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital, while her son, who was not stable enough to be airlifted, was taken by RVAC to Peconic Bay Medical Center. The driver of the taxi, Zafar Mahmood, 59, of Riverhead was transported by RVAC to PBMC and the driver of the minivan, 51-year-old Thomas Jones of Riverhead, was taken by Flanders Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital, according to police.

Police said there is no evidence that alcohol was a factor in the crash and that the taxi was being operated with proper permits. Taxis are exempt from car seat laws in New York State and no criminal charges are expected to be filed. Witnesses are asked to call 631-727-4500 to report information about the crash.

Roanoke Avenue was closed between Southern Parkway and Pulaski Street during an accident reconstruction investigation Tuesday evening.

04/19/16 3:00pm

Prosecutors will recommend that former Southampton Town Councilman Brad Bender serve between 2 and 2 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced in June following his guilty plea for illegally distributing oxycodone, a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.  READ

11/06/14 5:25pm
Several agencies helped with the search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Several law enforcement agencies assisted with a search warrant execution on Lewis Street in Riverhead Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Rochester man — one of three people arrested during Wednesday afternoon’s raid in Riverhead — is facing charges for drug possession and fleeing police related to an October traffic stop, according to town court records.

The property on Lewis Street, owned by a former attorney for the Town of Southold, has also been boarded up by Riverhead code enforcement after finding unsafe conditions inside. The homeowner told the News-Review that he had “lost track” of the property after a “rental situation went bad” and commended Riverhead Town for addressing the situation. (more…)

11/04/14 1:15pm
A crime scene investigation is underway on the North Side of West Main Street in Riverhead, west of the library. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A crime scene investigation is underway on the north side of West Main Street in Riverhead, west of the library. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Update (3 p.m.): The body found in a wooded area in Riverhead Tuesday morning was that of a man in his 30s who died in an apparent suicide, said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

An acquaintance of the man found the body about 11:30 a.m. near 400 West Main Street, Chief Hegermiller said.

The death did not appear to be suspicious.

The man’s name has not been released by police, who later said he appeared to have died in the woods by hanging.

The body was removed from the area and transported to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office for further examination.

Original Story (1:15 p.m.): A body was found in the woods near 400 West Main Street in Riverhead, town police confirmed shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.


06/05/13 9:42am

BETH YOUNG COURTESY PHOTO | A Riverhead Town police officer attends to a motorcycle crash victim at the corner of Main Street and Roanoke Avenue

A motorcyclist was sent to Peconic Bay Medical Center after a collision with a Honda Accord at the corner of Main Street and Roanoke Avenue in downtown Riverhead Wednesday morning, Riverhead Town Police said.

The man was riding a black ZX-14 Kawasaki motorcycle west on East Main Street when he struck the passenger side of the sedan as the driver attempted to make a left onto Roanoke Avenue shortly before 9 a.m., police said.

The woman who was driving the Accord and her adult son reported no injuries at the scene, police said. The extent of the motorcyclists injuries were unknown, though police said he was moving his arms and legs.

“He took a pretty good hit,” said officer Michael Lombardo.

A portion of Roanoke Avenue remained closed until 9:30 a.m. as police cleared the crash scene.

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10/23/12 3:00pm

Matthew Quigley and Pakee Ristine in the photo they both used as their profile picture on Facebook.

The 2010 Riverhead High School graduate killed in a car accident in South Carolina Saturday was a “sweetheart” who was looking forward to returning home to Long Island with his girlfriend to become a father, school and funeral home officials said Tuesday.

“They were planning on having a baby together, planning to spend their lives together,” said Ken Rothwell, director at the Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River.

Matthew Quigley, 20, was driving on I-95 Saturday morning with his girlfriend, Pakee Ristine, 19, of Mastic Beach, when a U-Haul trailer attached to his truck came loose and he lost control of his vehicle, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Mr. Quigley, and Ms. Ristine were ejected from the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer after the truck hit the median and overturned shortly before noon, officials said. Mr. Quigley was killed in the crash.

He is survived by his mother, Heidi Watson-Wold,  his stepfather, Eric Wold, both of Wading River, and his father, Joseph Quigley of Florida.

Ms. Ristine, a 2011 graduate of William Floyd High School, is in serious condition at a Columbia, S.C. hospital, a hospital spokesperson said.

Ms. Ristine was pregnant with the couple’s child at the time of the accident, Mr. Rothwell said; the baby did not survive the accident and Ms. Ristine is “not doing well,” he said.

“We’re praying for her recovery,” Mr. Rothwell said.

Mr. Quigley studied marine mechanics at BOCES during his time at the High School, district administrators said.

He had just graduated from the Marine Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Fla. on Friday and was returning to Long Island with Ms. Ristine.

“He was a real sweetheart of a kid,” said Riverhead High School principal David Wicks. “Great in his field.”

Ms. Watson-Wold declined to speak to reporters when reached by phone Tuesday, saying she had already spoken to a local news outlet and wished to not comment further.

“He was just such a good kid,” Ms. Watson-Wold said in the interview with “You have to ask, why? Why?”

Visiting hours for Mr. Quigley will take place Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home in Wading River, immediately followed by a prayer service at 8 p.m. Cremation will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, an organization dedicated to educating children and adults about Long Island Sound and its watershed.

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