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Fender-Bender Witness Got a Photo

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 09:51

East Hampton Village police spoke to Gus Lange, 21, at his West End Road residence last Thursday afternoon and issued him a summons for leaving the scene of a minor car crash the day before in the Reutershan parking lot behind Main Street. A witness who saw his Jeep hit a parked 2008 Honda and damage the right rear quarter panel took a photo of the Jeep's license plate, and gave it to police with a description of the vehicle. 

A computer check showed that Mr. Lange, whose lawyer was with him when police arrived the next day, had neither license nor registration for the 2018 Grand Cherokee, and was also operating the car "without financial security," that is, insurance. He will be arraigned on those counts in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Wednesday.

Another driver, Rudolf Serna Jr., 28, of Fresh Meadows, Queens, was caught in a computer check following an accident Sunday on East Hampton Main Street. He had been waiting to turn left onto Huntting Lane when a 2013 Chevrolet driven by Jessica Garcia, 31, of Elliot City, Md., failed to brake in time and rear-ended his 2015 Toyota. 

Village police reported that Mr. Serna's license had been suspended 12 times, including at least once for driving with ability impaired by alcohol. He was charged with four counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and released at the scene with a ticket to appear in court on Wednesday. His passenger, Eric Hutchinson, 28, complained of whiplash but declined medical attention.

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