A Truck in the Woods

Driver, 25, was unconscious when police arrived

The driver of a pickup truck that crashed in Northwest Woods Sunday morning was seriously injured, according to East Hampton Town police. The accident might have gone unreported had a bicyclist not noticed the truck in the woods and called 911 just after 7.

The truck landed in the woods off Northwest Road, about half a mile north of Lyme Lane and south of Alewife Brook Road. Steven M. Lane of Hampton Bays, 25, the sole occupant, was unconscious, had suffered a head injury, and was bleeding severely, the responding officers reported. Based on interviews with people who were with Mr. Lane shortly before the 911 call, Capt. Chris Anderson said the crash occurred within minutes of the call. No one actually saw it happen, he said.

The East Hampton Fire Department’s heavy rescue squad extricated the driver from the 1989 Chevrolet pickup using the Jaws of Life, cutters, and hydraulic rams. The accident report indicated he was not wearing a seat belt.

The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association was going to medevac Mr. Lane to Stony Brook University Hospital, but when the ambulance arrived at the East Hampton Airport the patient was deemed too critical to fly and was taken to Southampton Hospital instead. Once stabilized, he was flown to Stony Brook, where, as of yesterday, he was listed in critical condition.

Detectives took measurements at the scene to reconstruct the crash, and determined that the truck had failed to navigate “a left-hand bend” on Northwest Road before striking a tree on the west side of the road. The investigation is continuing.

A passenger in a 2008 Chevrolet sedan was flown to Stony Brook on July 10 after a two-car accident at the intersection of Napeague Harbor Road and Route 27 in Amagansett.

At 6:40 p.m., Yesid M. Gonzalez, 42, of East Hampton, the driver of the westbound sedan, which was registered to a Yury F. Ortigoza of East Elmhurst, struck the right side of an eastbound 2015 BMW that was turning left onto Napeague Harbor Road. Mr. Gonzalez, who told police the BMW driver failed to yield the right-of-way and cut in front of him, suffered a right-arm laceration and chest pain. He was transported to Southampton Hospital.

His passenger, Luis A. Sanchez-Torres, 52, who was in the back seat, was not wearing a seatbelt, police said. He hit his head on the front windshield, which gave him lacerations on his face and head, and he complained of neck and chest pain. He was taken to a landing zone in Amagansett and then airlifted to Stony Brook.

The BMW driver, Joan R. McDonell of Amagansett, 73, was charged with failure to yield the right of way. She told police she was experiencing minor stomach pain but declined to be taken to Southampton Hospital.

At around noon last Thursday, a 2004 Chevrolet utility truck ignored a clearance sign at the train trestle on Daniel’s Hole Road in East Hampton, and the top of the truck hit the bridge. Police charged Jose F. Torres of Mastic, 58, with exceeding bridge clearance. No injuries were reported.

On a foggy Saturday at 7:15 a.m., a van pulling out of the Montauk 7-Eleven hit the front wheel of a bicycle. The bicyclist, Lenard Rodney of Montauk, 63, told police he had been headed east on the westbound sidewalk when it happened. He said he did not fall, but felt pain in his right ankle. He declined medical treatment.

The driver of a 1999 Dodge pickup was taken to Southampton Hospital on Sunday after a 9 a.m. collision with a 2013 Hyundai at the intersection of Route 27 and Old Montauk Highway in Montauk.

The driver of the Hyundai, Gayane L. Barrett of Riverhead, 29, told town police he was attempting to turn from Old Montauk Highway onto Route 27 but did not accelerate fast enough, causing the collision with the pickup. Its driver, Igor Solando, 55, of Montauk, had a lower leg injury. He told police he had had no time to prevent the collision.

Mr. Barrett’s license was found to be suspended, and he was charged accordingly.