05/28/15 11:43am
05/28/2015 11:43 AM


Martha Garcia was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Emily Hill on May 17.  Ms. Garcia died later. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Martha Garcia was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Emily Hill on May 17. Ms. Garcia died later. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Below is a joint statement from Emily and Thaddaeus Hill. Ms. Hill was involved in an accident that claimed the life of a 51-year-old Hampton Bays woman in the King Kullen parking lot in Wading River earlier this month.

“My husband and I have spent our lives both personally and professionally seeking to help others work through the pain they have experienced in their own lives. In one second, a life is taken and indescribable pain is created for Ms. Garcia’s son and our families. We believe there is purpose in pain, and that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Though we believe that scripture, we cannot understand what purpose might be at this time. What we do know is that our heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ love Ms. Garcia, her son, me,  and all those impacted by this accident equally. Jesus gives us grace for the day and He offers multiple promises that help to deal with heartache and fear (Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 45:3, Zephaniah 3:17, Romans 5:3).

“The Hill family is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support to us and for Ms. Garcia, her son, Christian Velasquez, and their family. We ask that you continue to offer your prayers as we seek healing one day at a time.  Our family is eternally grateful for Jean Meyer, the Riverhead Police Department, and the first responders who were gentle and caring to both Ms. Garcia and myself.

“As a family, we have lived with the loss of one of our own family members, who also lost his life in a vehicle accident some years ago. That fact does not lessen the pain in any way for our family or Ms. Garcia’s family. Our minds and hearts are daily with Christian and we pray that we will see God’s hand guide us through the moments, days, and years ahead.”

03/16/15 11:25pm
David Decarle of Riverhead holding his newborn son, Desmond James, last year. (Courtesy photo)

David DeCarle of Riverhead holding his newborn son, Desmond James, last year. (Courtesy photo)

A 36-year-old motorcyclist died Monday afternoon after hitting a pothole on Reeves Avenue in Riverhead and losing control of his bike, Riverhead Town police said.

David DeCarle of Aquebogue was heading east shortly before 4:30 p.m. when he was thrown from the motorcycle, police said. He was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries, officials said. (more…)

11/17/13 2:30pm
DUI, Brookhaven National Laboratory, bicyclist, Calverton

WILLIAM SLATTON after the 2012 arrest

The attorney for the man arrested last year for fatally striking a bicyclist along Route 25 in Calverton as he allegedly drove under the influence of drugs with a suspended license and his four young children in the car expects the charges against his client will soon be dropped.

But now William Slatton is once again in trouble with the law. The 31-year-old Farmingville man was arrested Wednesday on a fourth-degree grand larceny charge, a class E felony,  for using a credit card stolen from a Middle Island home, Suffolk County police said. A source familiar with the case said Mr. Slatton stole the card from the home of the mother of his kids, while he was visiting them last weekend.



Mr. Slatton made headlines last year following the Nov. 1 crash which killed avid bicyclist Steven Kane, 57, of Brightwaters, the manager of safety engineering at Brookhaven National Laboratory who was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of several passing motorists to save him.

Mr. Slatton is facing charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child following his arrest last year. His attorney, Joseph Cozzo of Central Islip, said he anticipates charges in that case will be dismissed since Mr. Slatton was under the influence of methadone at the time of the crash, a drug he was using as part of his court-ordered treatment for heroin addiction.

“He was on methadone and he was getting it from a Suffolk County clinic,” Mr. Cozzo said Sunday. “I can’t speak for the District Attorney’s office, but I do anticipate charges being dismissed.”

Mr. Slatton is due back in Riverhead Town Justice Court Dec. 11 in relation to the crash, Mr. Cozzo said.  He has been free on bail since late last November after his bail was reduced from $50,000 to $1,000, which Mr. Cozzo previously told the News-Review was lowered so he could spend the holidays with his family.

Even if the crash charges are dismissed, Mr. Slatton could still face jail time for violating the terms of probation in relation to the 2007 felony attempted drug possession conviction that led to his suspended license. He’s due back in court Dec. 13 on the probation violation, online court records show.

“With this new arrest, he’s going to be in more trouble now,” said Mr. Cozzo, who is not representing Mr. Slatton in connection with his latest arrest.

The District Attorney’s office could not be reached for comment Sunday.

The source who alerted the News-Review to Mr. Slatton’s latest arrest said the father of four recently relapsed in his drug treatment and no longer lives with his children and their mother.

“He has stolen from family more times than I choose to remember and this time he went too far,” the source said.

Mr. Slatton is being held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility on $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond, and is due back in district court Tuesday, jail officials said.

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11/03/12 8:17am
11/03/2012 8:17 AM

A 50-year-old Flanders man riding a bicycle died Friday night after being struck by a car, Southampton Town Police said.

The bicyclist, Robert L. Nelson of Flanders, was treated on scene by the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance members, then taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.

A gray 1998 Grand Cherokee was traveling north on Flanders Road when police say Mr. Nelson crossed into the car’s path at the intersection of Flanders Road and Cypress Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. No charges were filed. The investigation is ongoing, police said, and anyone with information is encouraged to call Southampton Police at 631-702-2230 or 631-728-3400.

Flanders Road between Wood Road Trail and Evergreen Road was closed after the accident.

10/30/11 3:42pm
10/30/2011 3:42 PM

The unusually early winter-like storm has apparently caused the death of a Riverhead woman.

Susan Galligan, 54, was killed early Sunday morning when her compact car hit a patch of ice on the Sunrise Highway in West Babylon and struck a pickup truck stopped on the side of the road, Suffolk County Police reported.

Ms. Galligan was westbound when her 2008 Honda Civic spun out of control and struck the rear of a 2006 Toyota Tacoma at about 6:15 a.m, said police. Ms. Galligan was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.

Police said Adalid Trejo, 37, of Brentwood was also westbound on the Sunrise when he apparently lost control on a patch of ice and struck a guardrail. After he got out to inspect the damage Ms. Galligan’s Civil slammed into the truck, according to reports.

Mr. Trejo and passengers Joaquin Trejo, 46, and Franklin Trejo-Monge, 23, both of Brentwood were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.