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Head-On Crash in Montauk Injures Three

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 08:44

Three people were injured in a head-on collision in Montauk Friday morning in the most serious of a handful of traffic accidents last week.

Gavin Shirley of Montauk, 28, and Michele Stanchina of Fresh Meadows, 36, were stopped across from each other at the corner of South Essex Street and Montauk Highway before moving on. Ms. Stanchina, who was turning left onto the highway in a 2007 Volvo, told police she did not see Mr. Shirley's 2017 Hyundai, and the cars collided. Mr. Shirley and one of his passengers, a 3-year-old boy, were taken by ambulance to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for an arm injury and facial bruising, respectively. Ms. Stanchina said she'd hurt her arm, but did not go to the hospital. Marshall and Sons towed both cars.

Later that day, Patricia Richardi of East Hampton "started uncontrollably sneezing," she told police, which led to her losing control of her car and striking a utility pole on Three Mile Harbor Road near Abraham's Path in East Hampton. Her arm was bruised, she said, but she declined a trip to the hospital. Bonac Buy and Sell towed away her 2018 Subaru.

E.H. Plazagordillo of East Hampton, 41, complained of neck pain after his 2004 Ford sedan was rear-ended last Thursday afternoon in slow-moving traffic on eastbound Montauk Highway in Wainscott. Driving a 2014 Honda sedan, Elizabeth Defronzo, 33, also of East Hampton, told police she did not realize that the car in front of hers had slowed down. Mr. Plazagordillo was evaluated on scene by an E.M.T., and declined further medical attention. Rob's Towing hauled away his car.

Two accidents in Sag Harbor last week involved buses. On Friday morning, while pulling into the stop in front of the village municipal building, a Suffolk County Transit bus struck a 2018 Chevrolet pickup truck legally parked nearby. The truck, owned by a 64-year-old Patchogue man, sustained rear bumper damage. The next morning, farther south on Main Street, a coach bus struck a 2021 Volvo parked in front of a residence near Howard Street. No further details were available on the latter accident, but no one was injured in either one. C.S.

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