Daniel Bauer of Shirley, 29, driving a New York State Department of Transportation snow plow on the morning of Feb. 16, was turning right from Route 114, a state road, onto Stephen Hand's Path when he sideswiped Johnny Haider's Ford and Sean Barber's Toyota, both stopped at the traffic light. Mr. Haider, 39, of Queens Village, who told East Hampton Town police that Mr. Bauer was driving too fast, complained of shoulder and chest pain and was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital by the East Hampton ambulance squad. Mr. Barber, 41, of East Hampton, who also commented to police on Mr. Bauer's speed, was not hurt.
Two days later, again on Stephen Hand's Path, roads were dangerously icy, especially near the Buckskill Road intersection. Police said the Cedar Street-Osborne Lane intersection was the same, and, on Friday at 8 a.m., the one on Abraham's Path in Amagansett by Asa's Path. At 8 that night in Springs, one driver struggled on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road near Squaw Road; 15 minutes later, police said, another one slid on the ice and hit a utility pole trying to avoid a deer.
Other car-deer encounters were reported at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16 on Springs-Fireplace Road near Harrison Avenue, and in Wainscott last Thursday night on the highway near West Gate Road.