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05/03/17 3:31pm

A Riverhead Town police officer was taken to Stony Brook Medical Center after his vehicle was struck by another car Wednesday afternoon, according to a police press release.

The officer, who wasn’t identified in the release, was driving near the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and Reeves Avenue in Riverhead around noon when another vehicle crashed into the side of his police car, officials said.

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12/13/16 6:08pm

Riverhead taxi crash Roanoke Avenue

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.

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A 46-lot subdivision is proposed on this farmland north of Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A 46-lot subdivision is proposed on this farmland north of Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

After neighbors came out in early August to oppose the plan, the Riverhead Town Planning Board closed a public hearing last Thursday on a subdivision plan for land near the intersection of Sound and Roanoke Avenues after developers increased the size of the lots, as the board had requested. (more…)

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A 46-lot subdivision is proposed on this farmland north of Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A 46-lot subdivision is proposed on this farmland north of Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A plan to convert a 27-acre Sound Avenue farm into a 46-home subdivision was met with resistance last week from neighbors who said the parcel should be preserved as farmland.  (more…)

03/28/14 2:00pm
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Bill Hillman of the Suffolk County Department of Public Works speaks at an informational meeting on the county’s plans to repave Roanoke Avenue Thursday night at Cornell Cooperative Extension. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A project to repave Roanoke Avenue will come with “some pain,” according to Bill Hillman, the chief engineer of the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

“Reconstructing this roadway, there’s going to be some pain,” he said at an informational meeting Thursday. “There’s just no way around it. It’s a tight road.” (more…)