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Mirrors Damaged, Drivers Not

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 16:05

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. last Thursday, Rene Xuya-Tocay of East Hampton, driving south in a Chevrolet pickup registered to the Deleg Brothers landscaping company, clipped the side-view mirror of a van parked by the side of Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs, in a construction zone.  Mr. Xuya-Tocay told East Hampton Town police that traffic cones in the road were partly to blame, having created a too-narrow lane. He was ticketed nonetheless, police said, for lack of a valid license.

Another parked vehicle played a role in a similar incident, this one on South Euclid Avenue at South Embassy Street in Montauk on Saturday at about 6:20 p.m. Mariana Oprea of Deer Park, who was headed east in a pickup truck, told police that a second truck, this one westbound, had veered into her lane. Its driver, Peter E. Schult of Water Mill, said he'd "slightly shifted over" while maintaining his lane to avoid hitting a parked car. Both trucks, one a Dodge and the other a Ford, sustained side-view mirror damage; both drivers were fine.

On Friday at about 3 p.m. there was an accident in front of the Amagansett School, attributed to driver confusion over whether the crossing guard had halted traffic. Meredith Cairns of Amagansett told police she thought the guard had stopped traffic on her side of the road, the westbound side, so she pulled out from the shoulder. The door of her Land Rover was struck by a westbound Ford suburban driven by Lance Jowers, also of Amagansett. The crossing guard, who is an East Hampton Town traffic control officer, told police he had not in fact stopped traffic in that lane. Neither driver was injured.

A driver experiencing a medical emergency on Oct. 20 caused an accident at the intersection of Woods Lane and Main Street in East Hampton shortly after 10 a.m., according to village police. The unidentified 22-year-old driver, whom police described as "incoherent," drove through the light and struck a flatbed truck that was turning east onto Main Street. The driver was injured and was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Deer collisions continue on local roads. One driver hit a deer on Friday afternoon on Old West Lake Drive in Montauk, another on Oct. 19 at 7:15 p.m. on Montauk Highway near Skimhampton Road in East Hampton. Earlier that same day in East Hampton Village, shortly after 8 a.m., a driver hit a deer on Egypt Lane. On Sunday just before 6 p.m., a deer was hit by a car on Montauk Highway near the Bhumi Farm Stand, halfway between East Hampton and Amagansett. That animal was killed in the crash; police did not report the fate of the others.

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