Police and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office are continuing to investigate the cause of a fatal collision on Route 114 in East Hampton on July 29, which claimed the life of a Virginia man, Douglas Foster Schneiderman. Mr. Schneiderman, 51, was driving a Volvo when the accident occurred. The driver of the other vehicle, Brian K. Midgett Jr., was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, with what were described as serious injuries.
Mr. Midgett was due in court last Thursday to be arraigned on a charge of driving while ability impaired, but the proceeding was adjourned at the request of his attorney, Susan Menu. She said a blood test taken at the hospital apparently did not show alcohol in Mr. Midgett’s system. According to police, a further test was necessary to ascertain if drugs were involved. According to Ms. Menu, police have subpoenaed Mr. Midgett’s cellphone records. She stressed that no conclusions have been reached.
Justice Catherine Cahill adjourned the arraignment until Oct. 4. Ms. Menu noted that Mr. Midgett was unable to walk, recovering at home from two broken legs. He had been hospitalized for over 10 days.
Although Mr. Midgett was placed on an arrest list at the time of the accident on a charge of driving while ability impaired, Chief Edward V. Ecker said this week such a charge was procedural. In addition to the impaired driving ticket, Mr. Midgett was charged with an illegal lane change and not wearing a seatbelt.
In her request for adjournment, Ms. Menu wrote, “Please adjourn this matter until the blood tests are available so that a reasoned and informed arraignment can be conducted, once the D.A.’s office has concluded their investigation.” In any event, Ms. Menu said, Patricia Brosco, the assistant district attorney on the case, was on vacation.
Mr. Schneiderman’s wife and a daughter, who were passengers in his car at the time of the accident, had also been hospitalized. They have now been released.