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Two Cyclists Injured in Separate Incidents

Thu, 09/16/2021 - 06:43

Two accidents last week involved bicyclists; in two others, local bridges fell victim to vehicles.

A 9-year-old boy riding a bike on the Circle near Main Street in East Hampton Saturday afternoon suffered a minor elbow injury after being struck by a pickup truck that stopped briefly but did not remain at the scene. The boy's mother flagged down a village officer and told him that the driver had gotten out of the truck to check on the boy, but then had driven off. She declined medical attention for her son.

On the afternoon of Sept. 6 in Montauk, Guillaume P. Laurent of New York City, 38, told police he checked his mirrors before turning right onto South Eton Street from eastbound Montauk Highway, but failed to see Christopher J. Grant of Amagansett, 27, who was riding a bicycle on the shoulder. Mr. Grant struck Mr. Laurent's rented Ford sedan, registered to Avis in Texas, and suffered a leg injury but declined an ambulance.

The following morning, Sept. 7, after the top of his truck struck the train bridge on Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton, 18-year-old Xavier M. Battlewack of Mastic Beach told police he had not realized how low the trestle was. He was charged with driving an uninspected truck, a misdemeanor, and was ticketed for driving the truck, which was registered to a drywall business, laden with more weight than legally permitted and driving a commercial vehicle without the proper license type.

Another bridge strike, this one on Accabonac Road south of Collins Avenue in East Hampton, happened in the early morning hours of Sept. 7 as well. As told to village police, Wei Chung Cheng of Flushing was driving a 2015 Cadillac Suburban when his steering wheel suddenly veered to the right. He accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, and struck the stone wall of the underpass. He was uninjured, but his car was hauled away by Hammer Towing. 

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