Alleged Drunken Driver Airlifted Off Maidstone Club Greens After Crash

The driver of a Mercedes lost control and the car rolled over, landing near the eighth hole at the Maidstone Club Saturday night. Hampton Pix photos

Update, 5:40 p.m.: Kyle Rosko, the driver whose car rolled over onto the Maidstone Club golf course on Saturday night and was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, is expected to make a full recovery, according to his attorney, who said police have filed charges prematurely. 

Colin Astarita said Sunday evening that his client is doing well, but was "extremely upset to learn that charges had been filed against him and insists that he was not intoxicated at the time of the accident." He remains in stable condition at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was airlifted to following the crash in East Hampton Village. 

Mr. Astarita said there has been no mention of why his client was charged and that there is no evidence to show that alcohol was a contributing factor to this accident. According to his attorney, Mr. Rosko did not admit to drinking and did not have alcohol in the car, nor were there sobriety or breath tests. A blood test, where a warrant is obtained to test his blood alcohol content, is the only potential evidence, he said, but the results take weeks. 

"It is my understanding that the police are 'still investigating' this incident, which begs the question of why the police filed a charge before their investigation had been completed?" he said, adding that no one else was injured in the accident and there were no passengers in the car. "This is extremely unfair, as Kyle is a very well-known, well-liked, and hard-working young man whose reputation can be affected by this unnecessary rush to judgment." 

Update, 8:45 a.m.: A driver who crashed his car at the Maidstone Club on Saturday night has been charged with drunken driving, East Hampton Village police said Sunday morning. Kyle Rosko, a 33-year-old living in Montauk, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where police released him on an appearance ticket, though he has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated. Police said he has a prior D.W.I. conviction. 

Mr. Rosko was driving a Mercedes at a high rate of speed when he lost control and drove off the road and onto the golf course at the Maidstone Club, according to police. The Mercedes became airborne and rolled over at least twice before coming to a stop on its roof.

Mr. Rosko, an agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, is in stable condition at Stony Brook. He is expected to be released in the coming days and will appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court to answer the charges at a future date. He was also ticketed with numerous traffic violations. 

Originally, July 2, 10:13 p.m.: A driver lost control of his older model Mercedes, rolling it over and onto the greens at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton Village Saturday night. In an unusual move, the Suffolk County medevac helicopter landed on the golf course to take the seriously injured patient to Stony Brook University Hospital.

Village Police Chief Gerard Larsen said the driver, the sole occupant of the car, was drunk, but further information on any charges were not immediately available. He said the driver suffered serious injuries in the one-car accident. Detectives are continuing to investigate. 

The accident was reported at 8:09 p.m. The Mercedes with foreign plates landed on its roof, near the eighth hole, off Old Beach Lane, on the south side of Further Lane, according to Gerry Turza, the first assistant chief of the East Hampton Fire Department. The Mercedes was so mangled that the driver had to be extricated from it by the heavy-rescue squad, which took about 10 minutes, Chief Turza said.

The East Hampton Village Ambulance Association treated the patient and turned over care to the flight paramedic on the medevac helicopter, which took him to Stony Brook University Hospital, the nearest level-one trauma center. The medevac was initially going to land at the East Hampton Airport, one of its regular landing zones, but village police had it diverted to land closer to the accident, on the greens near Egypt Lane. 

Fire police personnel closed down the road around the accident. Two fire engines also responded. The road has since been reopened, and the car was towed off the Maidstone's property.