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Driver and Passenger Seriously Injured in Early Morning Crash

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 10:57

A driver who East Hampton Town police said was intoxicated and his female passenger were seriously injured in an early morning crash on Monday in Montauk. 

The crash occured around 3 a.m. on Montauk Highway near Lincoln Avenue.

The driver, Wilme Chan-Herrera of Mastic, 26, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree as well as driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors. He allegedly lost control of his 2019 GMC Terrain going west on Montauk Highway.

According to police, he hit a guardrail and a tree. After he and his 30-year-old passenger escaped, the car became engulfed in flames. Both were transported by Montauk Ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital with unspecified, serious injuries.

An East Hampton Town Justice Court arraignment date for Mr. Chan-Herrera has not yet been set.

Town police ask anyone with information to call 631-537-6989. The calls will be kept confidential.

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