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Update: Victim of rollover crash on Route 105 in “fair” condition


Update Tuesday 3:30 p.m.: The 20-year-old man who was seriously injured in a rollover accident on Route 105 Monday afternoon is now in “fair condition” at a local hospital, authorities said.

John Cruz, 20, of Riverhead was injured when he lost control of his Infiniti sedan while driving south shortly after 3 p.m., according to Sgt. Jill Kubetz. Investigators believe speeding was the cause of the crash, she said.

Mr. Cruz was airlifted to Stony Brook University hospital where he is now in fair condition, meaning his vital signs are stable and his outlook is positive, a hospital spokesperson said.

Original story: A man lost control of his vehicle while driving southbound on County Route 105 Monday afternoon in Riverhead, causing it to tumble and roll more than 100 yards, according to Riverhead Police Lt. David Lessard.

The driver of the Infiniti sedan was extricated from the mangled vehicle by the Riverhead Fire Department with serious injuries and Riverhead Ambulance volunteers on scene called for a medevac. A helicopter landed at Indian Island County Park to airlift the man to Stony Brook University Hospital.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and there were no other passengers in the Infiniti, police said.

Riverhead Police Sgt. Jill Kubetz said the New York State Police will respond to the scene to conduct an investigation.

“Due to the serious nature of his injuries, we’ll be doing an accident reconstruction,” she said.

Police closed one southbound lane on 105 and both northbound lanes to allow an ambulance to transport the victim to await the airlift.

The accident occurred a little after 3 p.m.

Photo Caption: Rescue crews on scene of Monday’s accident on County Route 105. (Credit: Paul Squire)