03/16/15 6:00am
03/16/2015 6:00 AM
The scene of a seven-car pileup in Jamesport early last month. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

The scene of a seven-car pileup in Jamesport early last month. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Ben Jones has for decades been on a crusade to get action on tailgating.

Mr. Jones, a paramedic on Shelter Island — and at 92 the oldest paramedic in New York State and probably in the U.S.— notes that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “a stunning 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by rear-ending the vehicle in front or swerving and skidding suddenly from side to side to avoid doing so.”

Early on as a paramedic, Mr. Jones became aware of this major traffic safety issue. (more…)

05/11/14 11:13pm
05/11/2014 11:13 PM


A Riverhead man was arrested on drug charges and traffic violations after fleeing the scene of a motor vehicle accident Sunday afternoon, Riverhead police said.

Alfred Cowell, 34, was driving a 2000 Nissan Maxima shortly before 3:40 p.m. when the crash occurred, police said. A witness — not involved in the accident — used their “OnStar” service to report the incident to police, officials said.


05/11/14 4:45pm
(Credit: Grant Parpan)

A motorcyclist was airlifted in Riverside Sunday following a crash on County Road 94. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A male motorcyclist was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center after he was injured in a crash with a car in Riverside Sunday, Flanders Fire Department officials said.

The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on County Road 94 and the victim was in stable condition when he was airlifted from the Suffolk County Center parking lot located off County Road 51, officials said.

No other details about the accident were immediately available.

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01/20/14 12:53pm
01/20/2014 12:53 PM


A drunken driver crashed into another car at the Riverside traffic circle Saturday evening just a few hundred feet away from an officer on patrol, then gave police a false name before being arrested and held by Immigrations Customs Enforcement, according to a police report.

A Southampton Town police officer was parked at the Valero gas station about 5:45 when he heard a loud noise across the other side of the circle, according to the report.

The officer found a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan had just collided into the rear of another vehicle and questioned the driver, 34-year-old Werner Lopez of Riverhead.

Mr. Lopez claimed he was someone else while he was being interviewed and appeared to be highly intoxicated, police said.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and false personation, both misdemeanors, and taken to police headquarters for processing.

But from there, Mr. Lopez was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center to be treated “due to his high level of intoxication,” police said.

He remains held by ICE without bail.

01/05/14 10:40am
01/05/2014 10:40 AM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | This car was struck in Hampton Bays after a fatal car crash early Sunday morning.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | This car was struck in Hampton Bays after a fatal car crash early Sunday morning.

Southampton Police arrested an Aquebogue man for driving while intoxicated Sunday morning following a car crash in Hampton Bays that killed a newspaper delivery woman.

According to police, 31-year-old Joseph Perez was driving a 2001 Ford pickup truck westbound on Montauk Highway, near Ponquogue Avenue, around 4:30 a.m. when he hit a parked car, then struck 56-year-old Donna Sartori of Middle Island before hitting her car.

Southampton Town Police, New York State Police Forensic ID & Collision Reconstruction Unit, and the Hampton Bays Fire Department all responded to the scene.

Police said Ms. Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Perez was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. Southampton Sgt. Andrew Ficurilli said Sunday morning that Mr. Perez remains in the hospital, and will likely be arraigned tomorrow.

Police said the investigation is continuing, and are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to call Southampton Town Detectives at 702-2230, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.