A Riverhead man driving under the influence led police on a high-speed pursuit on the Long Island Expressway Monday night and was eventually arrested without incident after leaving the vehicle in front of a Calverton home, according to Riverhead Town police. READ
A Ridge man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in Riverhead last year was indicted by a federal Grand Jury Wednesday on charges that he sold heroin to a Kings Park man who later overdosed on the drug in May. 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.
A small plane crashed into Long Island Sound off Shoreham Sunday afternoon, according to Suffolk County police. READ
A Hampton Bays woman driving with a 12-year-old boy in the car was arrested for felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law Tuesday, Suffolk County police said. READ
Suffolk County police are investigating a fatal crash in East Shoreham Saturday night that killed a tow truck driver who was struck by car as he was hooking up a disabled vehicle. READ
(Update 2:20 p.m. Wednesday): A Rocky Point man has been identified as the scooter driver killed in Tuesday’s crash on North Country Road.
Former Shoreham-Wading River High School wrestler Kevin Meloni didn’t realize he had won his 100th career match last year until he pointed to the crowd. There among the SWR contingent was eighth-grader Nick Donnelly, a call-up to the varsity team who had placed third that day, Mr. Meloni recalled.