William Hurley of Sag Harbor, the driver of a northbound Toyota pickup truck that crashed into a BMW on Route 114 in East Hampton on Saturday, was arraigned yesterday on two charges of drunken driving as well as illegally changing lanes. Bail was set in East Hampton Town Justice Court at $10,000.
Both of those in the crushed BMW, one of them a 6-year-old child, were hospitalized, as was Mr. Hurley, all three with serious injuries. The adults have since been released; the child’s condition was upgraded from serious to stable on Monday.
East Hampton Town police said Mr. Hurley, 60, the owner of Peconic Beverage East on Pantigo Place in East Hampton, was intoxicated at the time of the accident, about 6:15 p.m. The driver of the southbound BMW, Elizabeth Krimendahl, 53, a New York City resident, had her 6-year-old son, Thaddeus, in the car with her.
Ms. Krimendahl and Thaddeus were removed from the vehicle by the East Hampton Fire Department’s heavy rescue team. She was flown by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital; the boy was taken first to Southampton Hospital, then to Stony Brook.
Mr. Hurley was also taken first to Southampton Hospital before being transferred to Stony Brook.
The section of Route 114, a k a the Sag Harbor Turnpike, where the two cars crashed is unusual for the always-busy, two-lane road, in that it is one of the few straight stretches on the mostly curving road. Visibility is excellent at the spot where the crash occurred, for about three-quarters of a mile in both directions.
After colliding close to the double yellow line, the cars skidded toward opposite sides of the road. The BMW came to a stop partly off the south shoulder, while the truck, after rolling over, ended up on the north shoulder.
Police closed the road for over five hours as town detectives carried out a forensics investigation.
Both mother and son were involved in a car-vs.-pedestrian accident last year in Sag Harbor, when they were struck by a Chevrolet driven by an East Hampton woman, who was making the turn from Division Street onto Bay Street. She was moving very slowly, but the two were knocked to the ground. No charges were filed by Sag Harbor police.
Saturday’s accident occurred less than two hours before the start of an anti-drunken-driving sweep of East Hampton Town roads. It began at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The crash happened within a half-mile of a July 2012 accident in which a visitor from Virginia was killed by a pickup truck. The driver in that case was initially suspected of drunken driving but was not charged in the end.