Marlando Williams was just settling in upstairs at his home when he heard a loud bang from the garage Friday afternoon.
At first, he and his wife, Sandra, were confused about what caused the noise until he ran downstairs and opened the garage door. Inside was a wall of black smoke obscuring a flickering fire. READ
A home on Alfred Avenue in Calverton caught fire Friday shortly after 3:30 p.m., authorities at the scene said.
The driver of a Honda SUV narrowly escaped serious injuries after the guardrail sliced through the front of a vehicle following an accident on Route 51 in Riverside Saturday afternoon. (more…)
It took about an hour for local volunteer firefighters to extinguish a blaze at a barn in Calverton Saturday morning and no injuries were reported, according to Riverhead Fire Department officials.
The Riverhead and Flanders Fire Departments responded to a basement fire at a home on Phillips Avenue in Riverside Friday morning. READ
An abandoned Riverhead house — one of three located off a dirt road adjacent to the Dariland Ice Cream shop — burned to the ground early Saturday morning, town police said. READ
A Riverhead man escaped uninjured from a house fire that damaged his Moet Drive home Sunday evening. READ
A 4-year-old boy and his pregnant mother were ejected from a taxi in a crash on Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead Tuesday evening, town police said.
The taxi driver was headed south on Roanoke Avenue with the mom and child seated in the rear at 5:23 p.m. when he attempted to make a left-hand turn into a driveway and was T-boned by a silver minivan heading north, according to police. First responders found the mother, later identified as 27-year-old Estela Ortiz-Casia, and her son lying in the street as they arrived.
All four people involved in the crash were taken to area hospitals by ambulance, though none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening, police said.
Ms. Ortiz-Casia was driven by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital, while her son, who was not stable enough to be airlifted, was taken by RVAC to Peconic Bay Medical Center. The driver of the taxi, Zafar Mahmood, 59, of Riverhead was transported by RVAC to PBMC and the driver of the minivan, 51-year-old Thomas Jones of Riverhead, was taken by Flanders Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital, according to police.
Police said there is no evidence that alcohol was a factor in the crash and that the taxi was being operated with proper permits. Taxis are exempt from car seat laws in New York State and no criminal charges are expected to be filed. Witnesses are asked to call 631-727-4500 to report information about the crash.
Roanoke Avenue was closed between Southern Parkway and Pulaski Street during an accident reconstruction investigation Tuesday evening.