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No Stop Signs to Obey

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 06:26

The absence of stop signs at a four-way intersection in East Hampton was at least partly to blame for an accident that injured two men on Friday morning.

According to a police report, Jared Steinhandler of Long Beach, 35, and Darius Narizzano of East Hampton, 58, proceeded at the same time through the intersection of Hartley Boulevard and Elvira Street, a neighborhood off Springs-Fireplace Road. The perpendicular crash flipped Mr. Steinhandler's 2019 Kia onto its side; he sustained arm injuries. Mr. Narizzano, driving a 2019 BMW, suffered facial bruises. Both cars sustained damage and were towed by Balcuns and Fireplace Auto; both drivers declined trips to the hospital.

"Although the intersection is a four-way intersection," the report notes, "there are no stop signs posted."

Another recent accident, also on Friday, involved a school bus with four children aboard. That afternoon, Keith Ellis of East Hampton, 50, driving a 2019 Chevrolet pickup truck, was pulling forward from a stop sign on Cedar Street when he struck the bus. Mr. Ellis told police he did not realize that the bus, owned by the Montauk Bus Company and driven by Michael McElhiney of Hampton Bays, 63, was turning left from Cedar onto Hand's Creek Road. There were no injuries and the bus was able to drop off the children safely at their homes.

On the morning of Sept. 29, Alex Jose Lima y Lima of Westhampton, 25, was driving a landscaping truck east on Main Street in East Hampton Village when he was hit by a 2014 Subaru, which, police said, was making an illegal left turn from James Lane into the parking lot of the library. The Subaru driver, Brian Anderson of East Hampton, 77, suffered facial bleeding and was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Balcuns towed both vehicles.


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