Deadly Crash On Route 114

Visitor From Virginia killed, three injured

    A head-on crash Sunday between a pickup truck and a Volvo on Route 114 south of Sag Harbor claimed the life of the Volvo’s driver, Douglas Foster Schneiderman, 51, of Maclean, Va., and left his two passengers hospitalized with serious injuries. The accident happened a little after noon.
    Mr. Schneiderman’s wife, Elisabeth, and one of his daughters, Rachael, who were the passengers in the car, were both taken to Southampton Hospital with what police said were serious injuries and remained there as of yesterday.
    Brian K. Midgett, 20, of East Hampton, the driver of the 1996 Ford truck, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, also with what East Hampton Town police described as serious injuries. He remained in the hospital as of yesterday as well.
    Police said Mr. Midgett’s truck, which was heading south, had drifted into the oncoming lane. Detective Lt. Christopher Anderson said the investigation was ongoing as to the causes of the accident.
    East Hampton Police impounded both vehicles for inspection.

    “It was horrific. It was one of the worst things I ever saw,” said Reed Jones, who is an ex-marine and volunteer member of the East Hampton fire police, who directs traffic at such events.
    It was in that role that Mr. Jones witnessed the aftermath of the accident. Trailing the deceased man’s car by five minutes was a second car with his other daughter and his mother inside.
    When they came upon the accident, the daughter got out of the car, saying, Mr. Reed remembered yesterday, “Where’s my dad? I want to see my dad.”
    An emergency worker tried to pull her away. It was then that she was told he was dead, Mr. Jones said. The scene is one that Mr. Jones said will remain with him forever.