Four dead in head-on collision involving two vehicles on Route 25 in East Marion

Southold police Saturday afternoon released the names of the four people killed in a fiery head-on collision Friday night in East Marion. Police said Saturday morning in a news release that the cars collided just east of Truman’s Beach, and both cars caught fire, killing the passengers in both cars.

A release Saturday afternoon identified the deceased as: Heath Miller, 47, of Greenport; William Price, 55, of Wilton, Conn.; Peter R. Smith, 80, of Brooklyn; and Patricia A. O’Neill, 66, of Brooklyn.

The updated release said Miller and Price were traveling westbound on Route 25 in a 2023 Tesla; Smith and O’Neill were traveling eastbound in a 2020 Ford Explorer when the cars collided head-on.

The accident occurred at 11:30 p.m. Friday. The release said, “The crash is currently being investigated by the Southold Town Police Department and the New York State Police accident reconstructive team. Suffolk County Police Emergency Services Unit as well as East Marion, Orient and Southold Fire Departments responded.”

In an interview Saturday afternoon, Chief Martin Flatley said the Tesla caught fire in the collision and burned for two hours.