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UPDATE: Driver charged in fatal Northampton accident dies


UPDATE Saturday 10:20 a.m.: The driver charged in Friday afternoon’s fatal crash in Northampton succumbed to his injuries Saturday morning, Southampton Town police said.

Brandon McKee, 24, of Center Moriches died at 9 a.m. at Stony Brook University hospital, where he was being treated for “life-threatening injuries.” Police had charged Mr. McKee with driving under the influence of drugs Friday night.

UPDATE, Friday 10:25 p.m.: Police identified the victim of Friday afternoon’s fatal crash as a 26-year-old Eastport woman, and said that the man who drove the car that killed her was driving under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

Courtney Pivirotto died in Friday’s crash when she was struck by a car driven by Brandon McKee, 24, of Center Moriches, police said.

He was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital by Suffolk County Police Aviation, and is currently being treated for life-threatening injuries. He was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the detective squad at 702-2230 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

ORIGINAL STORY: One person died and another person was airlifted to the hospital Friday afternoon following a head-on car collision on Lake Avenue in Northampton, Southampton Town police confirmed.

The two-car accident occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. near Lakeview Drive. [See map below]

According to John Scott Prudenti, chief of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s vehicle crime bureau, one car crossed lanes on Lake Avenue into a line of cars coming in the opposite direction. While the first car was able to avoid the coming vehicle, a second one was sideswiped, though the third one collided with the car head-on, Mr. Prudenti said.

One person in the crash died on scene, and another was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital.

It remains unclear at this time if any charges will be filed.

“The investigation is in the preliminary stages right now,” Mr. Prudenti said.

Lake Avenue/Route 63, which runs between the Riverside traffic circle and the traffic light near the bowling alley, remains closed in both directions.

No other details were immediately available.

Check back here for more details as they become available.

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Photo: The scene of Friday’s car crash in Northampton. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

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