Police Investigating Fatal Accident in East Hampton Sunday Morning

Police believe the driver of a Chevrolet suffered a medical event before crashing into a Toyota on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton on Sunday morning. Durell Godfrey photos

The East Hampton Town Police Department is investigating an accident near the East Hampton Town recycling center on Springs-Fireplace Road that left a 74-year-old man dead Sunday morning.

The two-vehicle accident was reported at 9:40 a.m.

Police said Juan C. Chitarroni of East Hampton was driving his 2016 Chevrolet south on Springs-Fireplace Road when he struck a 2013 Toyota traveling north. 

Police Chief Michael Sarlo said that emergency medical workers had performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on one of the victims as an ambulance headed to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital left the scene.

The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association took Mr. Chitarroni to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Lieutenant Peter Powers said in a press release that police believe Mr. Chitarroni experienced some sort of medical emergency before the accident. 

The driver of the Toyota was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

East Hampton Fire Department's heavy rescue squad was called to the accident, which left Springs-Fireplace Road closed for about four hours.

Detectives are continuing to investigate and have asked that anyone who may have witnessed the accident contact them at 631-537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential. 

It was a busy morning for town police who were already investigating a serious accident in Springs.

A motorcyclist is in critical condition after he crashed into a tree on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road at about 5:25 a.m. Police said he was driving while intoxicated. 

Juan C. Chitarroni, 74, died at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital after his Chevrolet hit another vehicle on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton at about 9:40 a.m. on Sunday.
East Hampton Fire Department's heavy rescue company use a hydraulic tool to free a driver from her car who was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident on Springs-Fireplace Road on Sunday morning.Michael Heller/East Hampton Fire Department