Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with additional details from police.
A head-on crash involving a wrong-way driver resulted in multiple injuries Friday night on Route 105 in Riverside, according to Southampton Town police.
The driver responsible for the wrong-way crash was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.
One vehicle burst into flames from the collision. The Riverhead Fire Department responded to extinguish the fire and work on extricating the victims.
The crash occurred around 9:20 p.m. on the bridge over Peconic River and resulted in the road being closed for hours between Riverside Drive and Flanders Road. Two Suffolk police medevac helicopters landed at the scene to transport the victims.
Southampton police said the driver of a 2004 Ford SUV was driving north in the southbound lane of Route 105 and collided into a 2009 Honda sedan. Police identified the driver of the SUV as Edgar Juarez-Velasquez, 28, of Flanders. Yanilsa Munoz, 49, of East Hampton was identified as the driver of the sedan. She and a female juvenile passenger were trapped inside the vehicle. Mr. Juarez-Velasquez then struck a third vehicle — a 2017 Toyota SUV driven by Juan Caal, 31, of Flanders.
Ms. Munoz and the juvenile were both airlifted for serious injuries, police said. Mr. Caal was transported to PBMC for injuries that were not life threatening.
Police charged Mr. Juarez-Velasquez with DWI. He was also transported to PBMC for injuries that were not life threatening, police said.
The New York State Police responded to conduct an accident investigation. Riverhead and Southampton police both responded to the scene in addition to Riverhead Fire Department.
Southampton police are asking anyone with information to call 631-702-2230.
Reporting by Stringer News