12/09/13 6:00pm
12/09/2013 6:00 PM

A Riverhead man was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge after a car accident near Maple Avenue in Flanders Saturday night, according to Southampton Town Police.

Delfido Rodolfo Lopez-Perez, 37, of Doris Avenue was heading south on Flanders Road near the intersection about 10:45 p.m. when car side-swiped the rear passenger side of another car, police said. Mr. Lopez-Perez’s car then veered off the road into a tree.

He refused a pre-screen breath test and was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he also refused to take a chemical test and was arrested on the DWI charge, police said.

He was additionally charged with following too closely and moving from a lane unsafely, and released on an appearance ticket, police said.

He’s due back in Southampton Justice Court on Jan. 8.

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11/17/13 4:02pm
11/17/2013 4:02 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Two men were transported to an area hospital following a four car crash Sunday afternoon, police said.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Two men were transported to an area hospital following a four car crash Sunday afternoon, police said.

Two men sustained minor injuries following a four-vehicle collision which included a school bus on Route 58 in Riverhead Sunday afternoon, police said.

A green Volvo unable to stop because of slippery road conditions rear-ended a red Mustang, pushing it into a school bus operated by Towne Bus Corp., near the intersection of Northville Turnpike about 2:40 p.m., police said.

The school bus, which was not carrying any passengers at the time, was then pushed into a fourth car, police said.

A man from the Mustang and a man from the Volvo were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Ambulance volunteers, police said.

11/02/13 2:00pm
11/02/2013 2:00 PM

Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a crash on the Long Island Expressway in Medford that seriously injured a 33-year-old Riverhead man shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

A 32-year-old Riverhead woman, whose identity was not made public, was driving a 2007 Kia eastbound on the Expressway at 6:18 a.m. when her vehicle struck a 2002 Ford van, which was stopped and pulled off to the shoulder of the road, between exits 63 and 64, police said.

The Riverhead woman was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Her passenger, a 33-year-old Riverhead man, whose identify also was not disclosed by police, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center for what police termed serious injuries.

The driver of the van, a 49-year-old Nesconset man, was not injured, according to police. Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential, according to police.

tgannon@timesreview.com

10/14/13 7:54pm
10/14/2013 7:54 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | About 50 fire department volunteers were called to the scene of the rollover accident Monday night.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | About 50 fire department volunteers were called to the scene of the rollover accident Monday night.

A diabetic man driving with his dog in Calverton had a medical emergency when he flipped his car, sending him to Stony Brook University Hospital on Monday night.

According to Riverhead police, the man was driving eastbound on Route 25 just before 7 p.m. when the accident occurred, shutting down the road for over an hour. A helicopter picked up the man around 7:50 p.m. at FedEx on Edwards Avenue.

The man’s injuries were not extensive, according to police, despite the hard crash.

“This car was on its roof when we got here,” said first assistant chief with the Riverhead Fire Department, Kevin Brooks. “He rolled it all right.”

Traffic was closed between Edwards Avenue and Manor Road.

The man’s dog, Daisy, was not injured in the crash, and was taken home with a firefighter for the time being.

Carrie Miller contributed to this report.

COURTESY PHOTO | Members of the RVAC on scene Monday night.

COURTESY PHOTO | Members of the RVAC on scene Monday night.

10/01/13 12:30pm
10/01/2013 12:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A tractor trailer carrying gravel crashed an LIE exit ramp Tuesday, the second 18-wheeler accident that morning.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | A tractor trailer carrying gravel crashed an LIE exit ramp Tuesday, the second 18-wheeler accident that morning.

Just hours after a tractor trailer crashed onto its side at a Long Island Expressway exit ramp, a second tractor trailer has rolled over just a few hundred feet from the first accident site, Riverhead Town police said.

The 18-wheeler hauling a gravel mix was driving on the Exit 73 off-ramp when it tilted and crashed onto its side shortly before noon, police at the scene said.

Riverhead police Sgt. Stephen Palmer said the driver had been driving “a little too fast” and lost control of the trailer.

The road had just been reopened following the earlier crash.

The driver in the second crash suffered non life-threatening injuries and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment.

Riverhead and Suffolk County police were called to the scene, as well as Riverhead firefighters, who cleaned up fuel that spilled from the truck. Police closed the LIE between Exits 72 and 73 as the scene was cleared. As of 1 p.m., the road was still closed.

The crash was the second tractor trailer rollover accident in less than 12 hours.

In the earlier crash, a tractor trailer carrying groceries for local convenience stories crashed onto its side about 3:45 a.m. after its driver swerved on the same exit ramp to avoid a deer, shutting the road down for seven hours.

No one was seriously hurt in that first crash.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A towing company employee watches on as the overturned tractor trailer is righted at Exit 73 of the LIE.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A towing company employee watches on as the overturned tractor trailer is righted at Exit 73 of the LIE Tuesday morning. Hours later, a second tractor trailer would crash in the same spot.

Riverhead Fire Chief Joseph Raynor said the driver and co-driver of the truck were already outside the overturned vehicle by the time fire trucks arrived on the scene.

Both men were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and later released, an official for the truck company said.

“They’re very lucky,” the employee said.

The truck had been delivering food and goods to local convenience stores at the time of the crash. The firefighters’ hazmat crew was called to the scene because of bleach that was being transported by the truck.

The contents of the trailer were emptied out and loaded into another truck to allow tow crews to right the 18-wheeler.

The Long Island Expressway was closed between exits 72 and 73 until noon as crews cleaned up the crash scene, complicating the morning commute Tuesday, police said.

LIE Exit 73

09/01/13 1:29pm
09/01/2013 1:29 PM
JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO

JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO

A Mattituck man has been arrested after he was involved in a two-car accident along Main Road in Jamesport where one of the vehicles flipped over and landed “within inches” of a nearby storefront early Sunday, authorities said. Three people, including the arrested man, were injured in the accident; none were seriously hurt.

JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO

JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO

Mark Palladini, 50, was traveling east on Main Road in Jamesport about 5:15 a.m. Sunday, when he crashed into a Nissan sedan with two men inside, police said.

Mr. Palladini’s 2006 Toyota pickup truck lost a wheel in the collision and flipped over, landing inches from the Grana pizzeria on Main Road.

“It nicked the building but there was no structural damage, thank God,” said Jamesport fire chief Duffy Griffiths. The pickup truck did take out two potted plants and benches that were in front of the restaurant, fire officials said.

Mr. Palladini’s speech was slurred and his breath smelled like alcohol when police interviewed him at the scene, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, authorities said. He refused to take a breath test or field sobriety test at the scene and was arrested.

Mr. Griffiths said fire police closed the road for nearly two hours as the department’s rescue squad winched the flipped truck away from the building.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers took all three crash victims to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Mr. Palladini was arraigned before Justice Allen Smith Sunday afternoon, led into the courtroom wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans and bright yellow socks with no shoes. Mr. Smith suspended Mr. Palladini’s license because he refused to take a breath test.

Mr. Palladini asked if he could get a license to go to work, but Mr. Smith said that would not likely be possible and warned him not to drive.

“If you do, they’re going to pop you with a felony,” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Palladini was released on his own recognizance, and walked unsteadily out of the courtroom with assistance from a police officer. He is due back in court on Sept. 17.

psquire@timesreview.com

08/25/13 7:39am
08/25/2013 7:39 AM

Kennys Road Route 48 Southold

A Riverhead was involved in a fatal crash at the intersection of Route 48 and Kennys Road in Southold Saturday night, Southold Town police said.

Lawrence Damiani, 84, of Greenport was turning onto Route 48 shortly after 7 p.m. when he failed to yield the right of way and was struck by another vehicle heading west, police said.

Mr. Damiani and his wife, Janice, 83, were pulled from the car by Southold Fire Department volunteers and airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center by a Suffolk Police helicopter. He was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle, Muhammad Asjad, 33, of Riverhead was transported by Greenport Rescue to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Ms. Damiani’s condition was not immediately known.

08/13/13 2:47pm
08/13/2013 2:47 PM
JERRY DONAHUE COURTESY PHOTO | Monday's nights crash scene on Main Road in Aquebogue.

JERRY DONAHUE COURTESY PHOTO | Monday’s nights crash scene on Main Road in Aquebogue.

A 34-year-old Southold man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after crashing a work truck into a telephone pole in Aquebogue Monday night, police said.

Mario Chacon was traveling eastbound on Main Road, just west of Edgar Avenue, when he crashed into the telephone pole, breaking it in two, police said.

Mr. Chacon was charged with DWI and arraigned Tuesday morning in Justice Court.