03/31/13 12:23pm
03/31/2013 12:23 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Three children were hurt after a car crashed into a tree in Calverton.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Three children were hurt after a car crashed into a tree in Calverton.

Three children were injured when the car they were riding in swerved off the road and struck a tree Sunday morning after the driver accidentally made a wrong turn into oncoming traffic in Calverton, police said.

A 17-year-old was driving a blue Honda Civic east on Route 25 in Calverton with her mother and two siblings about 11:10 a.m. when she tried to follow another car making an illegal left turn north onto Route 25A, police said. The teen, who was unfamiliar with the area, thought the oncoming turning lane was her turning lane and “panicked” when she saw oncoming traffic, police at the scene said.

The Civic swerved off the road, fell into a ditch and hit a tree on the east side of Route 25A, police said.

The three children in the car, two young kids and a teenager, were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Wading River and Riverhead ambulance volunteers for treatment of minor injuries, emergency officials said. The mother was not injured in the crash, police at the scene said.

Police briefly closed the road while the accident scene was being cleared. By 11:45 a.m., the roads were reopened.


03/17/13 12:10pm
03/17/2013 12:10 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after he crashed into a tree on Shultz Road Sunday morning.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after he crashed into a tree on Shultz Road Sunday morning.

A man was injured in Calverton after the car he was driving collided with a tree on the side of the road Sunday morning, police said.

The man was driving a white Chrysler Sebring JX south on Shultz Road about 10:55 a.m. when he lost control of the car and hit a tree on the west side of the road, police at the scene said.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers and firefighters from the Manorville Fire Department rushed to the scene. Manorville fire crews helped secure the car while the man was treated by ambulance volunteers.

The man, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, suffered a cut to his head and an injury to his right leg in the crash, police said. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

No one else was in the car, police said.

Shultz Road was closed while the victim was pulled out of the car and taken to the hospital. The road was still closed as of 11:45 a.m.


03/10/13 10:00am
03/10/2013 10:00 AM

PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | Efren Ramirez was struck and killed near this section of Flanders Road by a drunk driver last year.

A Suffolk County corrections sergeant who struck and killed a Flanders man while driving drunk last year will not face jail time after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in Suffolk County court.

Christopher Dean, 41, of Riverhead pleaded guilty in December to a misdemeanor DWI charge. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and had his driver’s license revoked for six months, according to online court records.

Mr. Dean will also be required to have an interlock device installed in his car as part of his sentence and will undergo alcohol and drug counseling, officials said.

Mr. Dean, a 15-year veteran with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and a sergeant at the Riverside jail, was driving his girlfriend’s 2002 Mercedes-Benz west on Flanders Road about 12:30 a.m. on June 26 when he hit Efren Ramirez of Flanders, who was walking on the westbound side of the roadway.

Southampton Town police who responded to the scene found Mr. Ramirez lying dead in the road near the Old Quogue Road intersection, police said at the time. The officers reported that Mr. Dean’s eyes were “bloodshot and glassy” and his breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage, according to a criminal complaint against Mr. Dean.

Police also said that Mr. Dean was “unsteady afoot” and “performed poorly on field sobriety tests.”

But an accident investigation revealed that the victim had been highly intoxicated at the time of the crash and was walking in the roadway when Mr. Dean struck him, said Suffolk County District Attorney spokesman Bob Clifford.    A police investigation also found that Mr. Dean had been traveling “at or below the speed limit” when the crash occurred and was not driving erratically.

“Although the driver, Dean, was intoxicated there was no evidence that he was driving his vehicle in a manner that would allow an upgrade in the charges,” Mr. Clifford said. “You’d have to establish recklessness [to file more serious charges].”

The victim worked at a local McDonald’s restaurant and is survived by his wife and 3-year-old son, as well as the couple’s two other young children, who are living back in Guatemala.

Mr. Dean was suspended without pay for 100 days after his arrest, said Suffolk County undersheriff John Meyerricks.

“My initial response was to seek termination if felony charges were filed,” Mr. Meyerricks said, calling the crash a “tragic, tragic event.” When the charges were not upgraded to felonies, Mr. Dean’s suspension was upheld and he was reinstated as a corrections officer after the suspension was served.

Mr. Dean will also undergo drug and alcohol testing through the sheriff’s department as part of his disciplinary proceedings, Mr. Meyerricks said.


03/05/13 1:57pm
03/05/2013 1:57 PM
Aquebogue man charged in Meadowbrook crash

GOOGLE MAPS | Monday’s fatal crash reportedly happened just south of the Southern State Parkway.

An Aquebogue man is facing reckless driving charges after he crashed into a disabled vehicle along the Meadowbrook Parkway  in Nassau County Monday, striking and killing two men who were working on the car, state police said.

Robert Beodeker, 50 — a college educator who is active in the performing arts community on the North Fork — was heading south on the Meadowbrook about 12:40 p.m. in Roosevelt when he struck a disabled Nissan Maxima and two pedestrians that were tending to the sedan, police said. The pedestrians, John Elder, 76, of Freeport and Edward Ross, 65, of North Bellmore died at the scene.

The victims were both in the Nissan before it broke down, according to a police report. They had stopped the car in the parkway’s hazard markings, police said.

State police told Newsday.com the car was pulled over on the right shoulder near where three southbound lanes merge to two.

Mr. Beodeker, who was driving a GMC pickup truck, “either didn’t observe or failed to see that the lanes were merging, and he struck the vehicle that was broken down and was being worked on by the two individuals that were killed,” a state police investigator told Newsday.

An accident investigation closed the Meadowbrook’s southbound lanes for about six hours, state police said.

Mr. Beodeker was charged with reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in Nassau County criminal court, officials said. He told the court that he had taken Ambien and depression medication before the crash, according to a News12 report.

He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting $1,000 cash bail, court officials said.

Mr. Beodeker is an associate dean for student services at Suffolk County Community College.

“We would like to express our sadness at hearing about the loss of life that resulted from the accident,” school officials said in a statement. ” While not officially contacted, we understand through news reports that the individual involved is one of our employees. As this is an ongoing police investigation, the college will wait until it can review the outcome of that investigation.”

Mr. Beodeker also teaches at Columbia University.

He’s also known locally as an actor, director and president of the North Fork Community Theatre group in Mattituck. He’s been involved with the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre group, which traditionally puts on a fall show at the high school.

Mr. Beodeker will next appear in court on Thursday, court officials said.


02/11/13 3:01pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Wading River Fire Department volunteers stand near debris at the scene of  Thursday night's crash.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Wading River Fire Department volunteers stand near debris at the scene of Thursday night’s crash.

Update: Services have been scheduled for John Hyte, 52,  of Wading River, who was struck by a car and killled on Route 25A Thursday evening.

A visitation is being held at 2 to 4 p.m. and again at 7 to 9 p.m. today, Monday, at Alexander-Tuthill Funeral home at 6447 Route 25A in Wading River, with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Internment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

Mr. Hyte, 52, was struck by a green Subaru Outback driven eastbound by Anthony Simonetti, 71, of Riverhead at the intersection of Route 25A and Littleleaf Court in Wading River about 5:50 p.m. last Thursday, police said.

Mr. Hyte was walking in the eastbound travel lane at the time he was struck, police said. No charges were filed.

John Hyte

Wading River firefighters and ambulance volunteers transported Mr. Hyte to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Wading River Fire Department originally planned to set up a landing zone to have a Suffolk County police helicopter airlift Mr. Hyte, but a medic at the scene decided to take him by ground to the hospital, according to officials at the scene.

Police closed Route 25A in both directions as they investigated the accident, police said.

Any witnesses to the crash are being asked to call detectives at 727-4500 ext. 326.

02/08/13 2:01pm
02/08/2013 2:01 PM
Hurricane of 2013

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | A Dodge gets towed away from the scene of a West Main crash Friday.

Three people were taken to an area hospital Friday afternoon after two crashes in the Riverhead area, where a steady snowfall made for slick driving with a nor’easter approaching.

In one crash on West Main Street, a maroon Dodge traveling east collided with a tan Nissan traveling west about 12:15 p.m. near the entrance of Tanger Outlets, Riverhead Town police said.

The accident was caused by slippery conditions, police said.

Drivers of both vehicles were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center with minor injures. A child who was in the Nissan was not injured, police said.

The West Main Street crashed happened just minutes after another car accident on County Road 49 near the Suffolk County jail.

One person was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for minor injuries in that crash, firefighters said.


02/03/13 3:31pm
02/03/2013 3:31 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Suffolk County police helicopter airlifts a crash victim from Miller Avenue Elementary School

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Suffolk County police helicopter airlifts a crash victim from Miller Avenue Elementary School

Update Feb. 5: Suffolk County police said the victims of Sunday’s crash suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident. The occupants of the car were teenagers, 16- and 17-years-old, police said. Detectives are investigating the crash, but do not suspect any criminal activity was involved in the accident.

Original story: A rollover accident in Shoreham Sunday afternoon sent four people to the hospital, one of whom was airlifted, Wading River fire officials said.

The accident occurred about 1:10 p.m. when a vehicle rolled over on North Country Road between the Lilco and Valentine roads, authorities said.

Wading River and Rocky Point firefighters and ambulance crews were called to the scene, said Wading River fire chief Jim Evans. A Wading River Fire Department heavy rescue team arrived at the crash to cut the victims out of the car, Mr. Evans said.

One victim from the crash was airlifted by a Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University hospital. The three other occupants in the vehicle were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital by ambulances with the Wading River and Rocky Point fire departments.

An update on their condition was not immediately available. Suffolk Police closed North Country Road in both directions while detectives investigated the crash.


02/03/13 1:27pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A woman was injured when she rolled out of this Saturn Ion after it was hit by a Jeep.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A woman was injured when she rolled out of this Saturn Ion after it was hit by a Jeep.

Two women were sent to the hospital Sunday afternoon following a two-car crash in Calverton, which knocked one passenger out of her vehicle, Wading River fire officials said.

A gray Saturn Ion was turning left into the Bean and Bagel Cafe parking lot when it was struck by a Jeep Cherokee driving west on Route 25, police at the scene said. A passenger in the Saturn rolled out of the vehicle when the force of the collision broke the door handle to the rear passenger door, authorities said.

Wading River firefighters were called to the scene with a heavy rescue truck, but it was not needed. The woman who was ejected from the Saturn and a woman in the Jeep were both hospitalized, said Wading River fire chief Jim Evans.

The woman in the Saturn was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, while the passenger from the Jeep was taken to Stony Brook University hospital, fire officials said.