10/18/13 6:18pm
10/18/2013 6:18 PM


One person was sent to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson with minor injuries Friday evening after their Nissan Altima struck the back of a Jeep Patriot while driving westbound on Route 25A in Wading River, Riverhead Police said.

The driver of the Nissan Altima told police the glare from the sun caused them to crash into the back of the Jeep Patriot shortly after 5 p.m. in front of the King Kullen Shopping Center, an officer at the scene of the accident said. Police said the driver of the Jeep Patriot was not injured and that neither car contained any passengers.

Both Riverhead Police and the Wading River Fire Department responded to the scene.

Traffic was moving in both directions on Route 25a in Wading River as of 5:30 p.m.

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07/14/13 12:00pm
07/14/2013 12:00 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The crash happened along the north side of Route 25A, just a few few feet west of Randall Road.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The early Sunday crash happened along the north side of Route 25A, just a few feet west of Randall Road in Wading River.

UPDATE: Investigators are saying there was no criminal involvement on the part of a 21-year-old driver who struck and killed a pedestrian on Route 25A in Wading River early Sunday.

No arrest or tickets have been issued, said Suffolk County police Sergeant Steven Guyer.

Mr. Feinberg had been driving to his Shoreham home after dropping off a friend in Wading River at the time of the crash, Sgt. Guyer said.

He said the pedestrian who died, Nicholas Pieloch, 20, of Rocky Point, and two other people had been walking from Randall Road and just made a right onto Route 25A when the accident happened.

Mr. Pieloch was the only person hit, Sgt. Guyer said. He died at the scene.

STORY: A 20-year-old Rocky Point man has been identified as the person struck and killed by an SUV on Route 25A in Wading River early Sunday, police said.

Nicholas Pieloch died at the scene after he was hit by a 2001 Ford Explorer driven Jesse Feinberg, 21, was traveling westbound on Route 25A, just west of Randall Road, Suffolk County police said.

After striking Mr. Pieloch, the vehicle then crossed over the eastbound lane and hit a tree before overturning. Route 25A was closed in both directions for an investigation and didn’t open until about 9:45 a.m., police said.

Mr. Feinberg, of Shoreham, was not injured in the crash.

A nearby resident said about one accident a month occurs where Route 25A meets Randall Road, which leads to a large residential area.

“That is a very dangerous corner,” said Frank Vaughan, who’s lived on Randall Road for three decades. “We’ve been trying to get a traffic light for years.”

Police are asking anyone with information to call (631) 852-8752.

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05/17/13 2:20pm
05/17/2013 2:20 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO |  Police investigate at the scene of a fatal car accident in Wading River Friday morning.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Police at the scene of a fatal car crash in Wading River Friday morning.

Riverhead Town police have identified a 62-year-old Selden man as the person killed in a Wading River car crash that shut Route 25A early Friday, authorities said.

Daniel Kiernan was driving east on Route 25A in a 1986 Chevrolet pickup near the Dunkin’ Donuts about 6:20 a.m. when he swerved into the eastbound shoulder of the road and crashed into the back of a tractor trailer illegally parked in the shoulder, a police report reads.

Police said they don’t know why Mr. Kiernan drove off the road.

The driver of the tractor trailer — 26-year-old Duwayne Tirado of New Britain, Conn. — had parked his vehicle on the shoulder of Route 25A and had the vehicle’s hazard lights on as he waited to make a delivery to a local landscaping company, police said.

Mr. Kiernan was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed from the car by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office personnel for an autopsy, police said.

There were no passengers in his truck, and no other injuries were reported, police said.

“I heard a loud bang,” said a Dunkin’ Donuts manager who called 911. She said police were on the scene within minutes.

“There were no other cars on the road,” she said of what she described as an eerie early morning scene.

Mr. Tirado was issued a summons for parking violations, police said. The truck is registered with Toria Truck Rental Inc. in Windsor Locks, Conn., police said.

Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans said volunteer crews were called to the scene but were allowed to leave after finding there were no treatable injuries in the crash.

Suffolk County police and Riverhead police closed Route 25A for six hours as they investigated and cleared the scene. The crash is currently under investigation, Riverhead police said. Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call Riverhead detectives at (631) 727-4500.

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03/12/13 12:36pm
03/12/2013 12:36 PM

Two armed men wearing masks stormed a Wading River gas station Monday night and made off with cash, police said.

According to police reports, the men were armed with handguns when they entered the Route 25A Valero station about 10:30 p.m. and demanded cash from a station attendant.

The suspects fled west with about $1,200 taken from the register. No injuries were reported.

Any witnesses are being asked to call detectives at (631) 727-4500.

02/13/13 5:00pm
02/13/2013 5:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Traffic along Route 25A in Wading River.

Two civil lawsuits were filed this week challenging Riverhead Town’s rezoning of Wading River properties that was based on recommendations in a Route 25A corridor study adopted last year.

The lawsuits were filed by the owners of two of the three large parcels that were rezoned.

One property is a vacant six-acre parcel on the south side of Route 25A owned by Knightland Inc., a company headed by East Wind Caterers’ owner, Kenney Barra.

The other is an 11-acre parcel owned by Constance Partridge, Maryann Stajk, and Kathleen Condzella.

The Knightland property has a site plan approval from the Town Board dating from November 2002 for a 50-room country inn with a 100-seat restaurant. In October 2012, The Town Board voted to change the zoning on that property from business CR to “multi-family residential/professional office,” (MFRP) a category that would permit neither the country inn nor the restaurant.

Owners of the Partridge-Stajk-Condzella property, also rezoned from business CR to MFRP in October 2012, had filed a site plan application on Dec. 5, 2011, for a commercial shopping center. That use would also not be permitted under the new zoning.

The town initiated the Wading River Corridor Study in July 2011, and it was completed in draft form a year later.

Both lawsuits were filed by the same attorney, John Wagner, and they contain similar language and claims.

The zoning changes “were not adopted in the interest of the public health, safety, or welfare, or based on valid zoning or planning interests, but were improperly, illegally and unconstitutionally designed and intended to halt the processing and approval of several pending development applications that were in conformance with subsisting zoning,” the lawsuits claim.

The property owners also claim the town’s actions were done to “appease individuals and civic groups opposed to development of privately-owned lands in accordance with subsisting zoning classifications and regulations.”

Supervisor Sean Walter declined to comment on the specifics of the lawsuits, and Mr. Wagner could not be reached for comment.

The third large property rezoned as a result of the Corridor Study is a 5.6 acre farm owned by John Condzella and located between the other two parcels.

At a public hearing, Mr. Condzella supported the zone change, saying that having commercial development next door would make it difficult to farm.

The two lawsuits filed this week also claim that there were defects in the town’s approval of its 2003 master plan, a claim made in several other lawsuits still pending between Riverhead Town and landowners.

In addition to the property involved in the recent lawsuit, Knightland Inc. owns another parcel to the east, near the intersection of 25A and Sound Avenue. That property was not included in the Route 25A study because civic groups had sued the town over Planning Board approvals for a commercial project.

That suit was thrown out of state Supreme Court in January 2012.

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