Driver Drunk in Crash That Sent Three to Hospital, Police Said

Morgan McGivern

Three people were hospitalized, one a 6-year-old child who remained in serious condition, after a drunk driver struck a BMW on Route 114 in East Hampton on Saturday, police said.

East Hampton Town police said that the driver of a 2003 Toyota pickup truck, William Hurley, 60, of Sag Harbor, was drunk when he crashed into the sedan being driven by Elizabeth Krimendahl, 53, a New York City resident, at about 6:15 p.m. A police source said that the accident happened near Route 114's intersection with Deer Haven Court.

Ms. Krimendahl, along with her child, who police did not name, were removed from the crushed BMW by the East Hampton Fire Department's heavy rescue team. She was flown by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital; her child was taken first to Southampton Hospital, then to Stony Brook. Both suffered serious injuries, police said.

Police arrested Mr. Hurley on at least one drunken driving charge before he was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital. He, too was transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital with what police also said were serious injuries.

The accident came less than two hours before an anti-drunken driving sweep, organized by the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and involving police departments from across the county in a sweep of East Hampton roads, was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday's crash was within a half-mile of the location on Route 114 of a July, 2012, accident in which a visitor from Virginia was killed by a pickup truck driver who police initially suspected of drunken driving.