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05/28/15 11:43am


Martha Garcia was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Emily Hill on May 17.  Ms. Garcia died later. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Martha Garcia was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Emily Hill on May 17. Ms. Garcia died later. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Below is a joint statement from Emily and Thaddaeus Hill. Ms. Hill was involved in an accident that claimed the life of a 51-year-old Hampton Bays woman in the King Kullen parking lot in Wading River earlier this month.

“My husband and I have spent our lives both personally and professionally seeking to help others work through the pain they have experienced in their own lives. In one second, a life is taken and indescribable pain is created for Ms. Garcia’s son and our families. We believe there is purpose in pain, and that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Though we believe that scripture, we cannot understand what purpose might be at this time. What we do know is that our heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ love Ms. Garcia, her son, me,  and all those impacted by this accident equally. Jesus gives us grace for the day and He offers multiple promises that help to deal with heartache and fear (Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 45:3, Zephaniah 3:17, Romans 5:3).

“The Hill family is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support to us and for Ms. Garcia, her son, Christian Velasquez, and their family. We ask that you continue to offer your prayers as we seek healing one day at a time.  Our family is eternally grateful for Jean Meyer, the Riverhead Police Department, and the first responders who were gentle and caring to both Ms. Garcia and myself.

“As a family, we have lived with the loss of one of our own family members, who also lost his life in a vehicle accident some years ago. That fact does not lessen the pain in any way for our family or Ms. Garcia’s family. Our minds and hearts are daily with Christian and we pray that we will see God’s hand guide us through the moments, days, and years ahead.”

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05/28/15 8:34am
Martin Espindola Rojas. (Credit: Riverhead Town Police Department)

Martin Espindola Rojas. (Credit: Riverhead Town Police Department)

An unlicensed Riverhead man faces felony and misdemeanor charges after he was caught driving drunk with his son inside his car, Riverhead police said.

Cops pulled over Martin Espindola Rojas, 41, about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday on Griffing Avenue near Railroad Avenue, police said. According to a news release, Mr. Rojas was intoxicated and had his 11-year-old son driving with him.

Mr. Rojas was arrested and charged with felony DWI under Leandra’s Law, misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated unlicensed driving, police said.

05/24/15 7:59am
05/24/2015 7:59 AM

Five people were arrested on various charges during beefed up patrols and checkpoints over the holiday weekend in town, Riverhead police said.

The district attorney’s office coordinated the efforts, which were helped along by state police, the Suffolk County Police Department and Southold and Shelter Island town police officers.

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