11/09/12 11:08am
11/09/2012 11:08 AM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The scene of Friday morning’s accident that claimed the life of one person in Calverton.

Police have identified the victim of a fatal two-car crash that claimed his life and injured two other people at the intersection of Middle Country Road and Route 25A in Calverton Friday morning.

Joseph Amodemo Jr., 66, of Wading River was killed when a gray 2011 Honda Accord he was driving eastbound on Route 25A when it hit a dark green 1995 GMC Yukon traveling westbound on Middle Country Road, police said.

Mr. Amodemo was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His son-in-law, Scott Paskiewicz, said on Saturday that Mr. Amodemo was a retired 6th grade teacher in Southampton who was  “a kind, kind man — no enemies — that’s all you need to know about him.”

The driver of the Yukon, 20-year-old Meghan Campbell of Shoreham, and her passenger, Chris Zullo, 25, of Riverhead, were also injured in the crash, police said.

Mr. Zullo was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center with “serious” injuries to his head, police said.

Ms. Campbell, a 2010 graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers, a Wading River Fire Department heavy rescue team and Riverhead police all responded to the scene.

Riverhead police Lt. Robert Peeker said police interviewed a few witnesses who saw the crash but had not yet determined fault. There were no initial indications of drugs or alcohol involved in the crash, he said.

Middle Country Road was closed in both directions as Riverhead police investigated, but was reopened by 1 p.m. Anyone with information about the crash are asked to call Riverhead police at 631-727-4500, ext. 332.


11/08/12 12:50pm
11/08/2012 12:50 PM

A Southampton man was killed early Thursday morning in a single-car accident after he apparently lost control of his vehicle in Hampton Bays and crashed into a tree, Southampton police said.

The driver, Matthew Williams, 29, of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation was driving a red 1999 Ford Mustang on Route 24 — just east of the Red Creek and Hampton Bays border — about 1:50 a.m. when he crashed off the road into a tree, police said.

The Hampton Bays Fire Department and Hampton Bays ambulance volunteers responded to the scene and used heavy rescue equipment to try to free Mr. Williams, who was trapped in the vehicle and was suffering from “critical injuries,” police said.

During the rescue, Mr. Williams lost consciousness and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

No other passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, police said.

An initial investigation found Mr. Williams crashed because of icy road conditions and poor weather due to the nor’easter that struck last night.

Flanders Road was closed early Thursday morning as police investigated.

Mr. Williams was a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and was beloved for his sense of humor.

“He was a wonderful young man and he was one of the funniest people I have ever known,” said Beverly Jensen, director of communications for the Shinnecock Indian Nation. “It’s a tragedy for the whole community. We’re going to miss him, he brought a lot of sunshine to a lot of people.”

Two other people have been hospitalized for injuries in crashes caused of dangerous road conditions. In the first incident, a three-car accident on Route 58 in Riverhead Wednesday afternoon sent a woman to the hospital; Thursday morning, a man was hospitalized after the SUV he was driving overturned in Calverton.

Both victims suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crashes.


10/31/12 8:39pm
10/31/2012 8:39 PM

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO: Two men were injured after this Toyota Camry crashed into  another car  in Aquebogue Wednesday

Two men were taken to the Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Wednesday night after a tan Toyota Camry rear-ended another vehicle as both headed east on Main Road in Aquebogue, officials at the scene said.
The accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. near the intersection with Tuthills Lane. The two drivers were the only occupants in the vehicles. Jamesport Fire Department volunteers also responded to the scene.
Additional information was not immediately available.

09/29/12 9:12am
09/29/2012 9:12 AM

A 46-year-old Riverhead man died following injuries suffered in a two-car motor vehicle accident on Sound Avenue Saturday morning, according to Riverhead Town Police.

At about 12:30 a.m., a 2006 Mazda sedan, which had been traveling eastbound was struck by a 2005 Kia Suburban SUV traveling west on Sound Avenue in Riverhead just east of the intersection with Horton Avenue, according to police.

Witnesses said that the Mazda appeared to have lost control going around a curve in the road and crossed into the westbound lane going sideways, directly into the path of the Kia.

The driver of the Mazda, John Scorzelli Jr., 46, of Riverhead, was treated at the scene by members of the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance and transported  to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

But police said he suffered extensive injuries in the accident and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital.

The operator of the Kia, Lia Fallon, 43, of Port Jefferson, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment, police said.

Sound Avenue was closed to traffic between Horton Avenue and Roanoke Avenue was closed to traffic while the accident was being investigated.

There were no charges issued as a result of the accident, according to police.

Mr. Scorzelli was a physician’s assistant at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital and lived on Park Drive. His wife, Maria, also is a physician’s assistant, at Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson.

Ms. Fallon is the executive chef and owner of Amarelle across from the Duck Ponds in Wading River and Bistro 72 at the Hotel Indigo in Riverhead.


04/29/12 11:01am
04/29/2012 11:01 AM

A 39-year-old Manorville man was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident after a Saturday night crash in Calverton forced a woman to be airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries, Riverhead Police said.

Michael Murphy allegedly fled the scene on foot after a head-on crash on Sound Avenue and Twomey Avenue around 9:30 p.m. The Riverhead Police K9 Unit responded along with New York State Police and Mr. Murphy was found a short time later, police said.

Liliana Rios of Baiting Hollow suffered serious injuries to her chest, police said. Ms. Rios, 25, was the driver of the other vehicle. She was listed in fair condition Sunday, according to a hospital spokesman. One other passenger suffered less serious injuries. Nikolin Lejhia, 26, of Manhattan was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center. Another passenger was unharmed.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Riverhead Police Detective Division at 727-4500 (332).

04/15/12 2:00pm
04/15/2012 2:00 PM

MANGLAVITI FAMILY PHOTO | Joe Manglaviti graduated from Riverhead High School in 2010.

A 19-year-old motorcyclist has been undergoing treatment at Stony Brook University Medical Center for several broken bones and other injuries after a car turned into his path at a Route 58 intersection Saturday night, police and relatives said.

Joe Manglaviti, 19, of Flanders, was heading east on Route 58 about 7:30 p.m. when a westbound car turned onto Kroemer Avenue heading south and collided with the motorcycle, Riverhead Town police said.

It was the same intersection that claimed the life of a 37-year-old motorcyclist in a strikingly similar crash last May.

Mr. Manglaviti, a 2010 Riverhead High School graduate, was airlifted to Stony Brook where he underwent emergency surgery to repair a broken femur, and has been in “a lot of pain,” said his sister Erica Manglaviti. He also broke bones in his wrist, ankle and suffered pulmonary bruises, she said.

“His left femur was badly broken,” she said. “They had to put a metal rod in to fix it.”

The driver of the car was uninjured and was the sole occupant of the vehicle, Riverhead police said.

“At the end of the day, my family and I are just so thankful that he is here with us today,” Ms. Manglaviti said. “He is one lucky kid.”

The Route 58 and Kroemer Avenue intersection has been the scene of numerous accidents in recent years, including a car versus motorcycle accident last year in which Matthew Carr, 37, was killed. Mr. Carr had recently moved to Riverhead from Rocky Point,

He was headed east on Route 58 shortly after 9 p.m. when he crashed head-on into a westbound 2000 Jeep whose driver was attempting to make a left turn onto Kroemer Avenue, police said after the crash.

Just a day after this Saturday’s crash, a Patchogue biker was killed after a car turned left into his path at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Park Avenue in Huntington.

According to drive-safely.org, a motorist safety website, vehicles turning in front of motorcycles is the top cause of fatal accidents for motorcyclists. State government websites also list the left turn case as the most common of motorcycle accidents with injuries, though data from New York State could not be found.

Between trips to Stony Brook to visit her brother, Ms. Manglaviti cautioned drivers to take it easy on the road — no matter what vehicle they’re operating.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a motorcycle, tractor trailer or bicycle, please everyone just be alert and aware of your surroundings,” she said. “This can happen to anyone.”


Additional reporting by Tim Gannon

NEWS-REVIEW COURTESY PHOTO | The accident scene Saturday night on Route 58 in Riverhead.

04/14/12 12:47pm
04/14/2012 12:47 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A Toyota Camry crashed into the front of the Steve Madden shoe store after colliding with an SUV first.

A car crashed into the front door of the Steve Madden shoe store in Tanger II following a collision with another car Saturday morning.

The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. when a tan SUV heading north in the road inside Tanger II in Riverhead collided with a Toyota Camry that was heading west. The Camry then veered off and crashed into the front door of the store, according to Sgt. Tim Palmer of the Riverhead Police Department.

There were four people at in the SUV and three in Camry.

There were treated at the scene by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance personnel but declined to be taken to the hospital.

The SUV had minor damage and the Camry was towed away, with more severe damage.

The front door of the store was damaged but no one inside the store was injured, police said.




02/18/12 9:40am
02/18/2012 9:40 AM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | One of three cars involved in a Friday afternoon crash.

A three-car crash on Route 58 late Friday afternoon sent three drivers to the hospital. The crash occurred at the intersection of Oliver Street near the Empire Gas Station. The condition of the drivers was not immediately known. Six people were involved in the accident.