Off-duty police officer, wife hospitalized after motorcycle crash with Riverhead man

An off-duty Southold Police officer and his wife were airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center Sunday after the couple, who were riding a motorcycle, were hit by a car driven by a Riverhead man in Southold.

Peter Dicandia, 40, and Sharon Dicandia, 41, both of Southold, were traveling northbound on Hortons Lane just after 11 a.m., when they were hit by a car driven by Joseph Pelis, 69, of Riverhead. Police said that Mr. Pelis failed to yield the right of way and turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the collision. The couple was taken to Stony Brook and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. Pelis, who was uninjured, was charged with failure to yield the right of way and driving an uninspected vehicle, both violations.


This post was originally published Oct. 25, 2010