Featured Story

Update: Police ID driver killed in crash at intersection of Horton, Reeves

Update: 6:30 a.m.

Riverhead police have identified the man killed in a collision at the intersection of Horton and Reeves avenues Wednesday afternoon as 85-year-old Patrick Welby of Calverton.

According to police, a preliminary investigation indicated that Mr. Welby was driving a 2017 Buick SUV westbound on Reeves Avenue when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and was struck by a 1998 Freightliner dump truck owned by Danny’s Cesspool, Inc. heading northbound on Horton Avenue.

Police said Mr. Welby was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 86-year-old Nora Raughan of Calverton, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital by a Suffolk County Police Department helicopter for non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

The truck driver, identified by police as Christopher Watts, 26, of Wading River, was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps. for minor injures.

Town police detectives, the Suffolk County Police Motor Carrier Unit and Crime Scene Unit all responded to the scene for further investigation and both vehicles were impounded.

Police said “at this time, criminality is not suspected” in the crash but is asking anyone with additional information to contact police at 631-727-4500 ext. 312. All calls will be kept confidential, officials said.

Original story: Riverhead Town police are investigating a reportedly fatal crash at the intersection of Horton Avenue and Reeves Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Traffic has been blocked off at multiple points. Reeves Avenue is closed from Obsorn Avenue to Roanoke Avenue and Horton Avenue is closed from Middle Road to Sound Avenue.

The crash reportedly involved a car and dump truck and occurred around 3 p.m. Additional details on the crash were not yet available.

Police at the scene estimated the roads will be closed off for a few hours during the investigation.

Suffolk County police were on scene assisting in the investigation. (Credit: Stringer News)