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Staring at the Porsche, Did Not See Volkswagen

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 06:47

Upon backing a Hampton Tank Gas Service truck into the driveway of 370 Cranberry Hole Road, Amagansett, on Friday afternoon, Robert Coleman of East Hampton, 69, hit a parked 2020 Volkswagen, damaging the backs of both vehicles. The police report noted that there were multiple parked cars in the driveway, and Mr. Coleman told officers that “I was backing up and was staring at the Porsche. I didn’t notice the Volkswagen.”

A 2011 Nissan driven by Kathleen Haley of Shelton, Conn., 55, was crossing Montauk Highway from South Essex Street in Montauk on the night of July 13 when it struck an 11-year-old on a bicycle. The child, Kaitaln McNulty of Morristown, N.J., complained of hip pain and was taken by Montauk ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Ms. Haley told East Hampton Town police she had not seen the child, who was riding east on the westbound shoulder of the highway when the accident happened. Kaitaln was treated for bruises at the hospital and released. 

Dayanni Lepiz, 28, of East Hampton was driving a 2004 Toyota on Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton last Thursday afternoon when, near Learned Hand’s Court, she ran into the back of Wendy Chaikin’s 2020 Jeep. Ms. Chaikin, 44, of New York City, complained of neck pain, and Ms. Lepiz had bruises to her lower arm, but neither required medical attention. The Toyota was towed from the scene by Fireplace Auto Collision. 

Ryan Helier, an East Hampton 12-year-old, lost control of the 2018 Kawasaki motorcycle he was riding Saturday afternoon along Hand’s Creek Road near Timberline Road in Northwest, and hit a tree. The boy told police he was carrying a fishing pole and trying to change it from one hand to the other. He was bruised on his face and was taken to the hospital by an East Hampton ambulance to be evaluated. 

In East Hampton Village last week, at the intersection of Gay and Pantigo Roads, James Danella of Gwynedd, Pa., 71, was riding a bicycle when he collided with the right side of a 2014 Mercedes. The driver of the Mercedes, John Werwaiss, 78, of Locust Valley, told police he was turning left when the bike hit his car. James Vincent, a witness from Camden, S.C., said neither man was able to see the other because stopped traffic was obstructing their views. 

Mr. Danella complained of shoulder pain and was taken for treatment to Stony Brook University Hospital by East Hampton ambulance.


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