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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