The reward for information leading to the identification of the car that struck and killed John Judge of Amagansett on Oct. 23 has been raised to $10,000, with the initial sum of $5,000 offered by Crime Stoppers augmented by Larry Siedlick, an Amagansett resident, with an additional $5,000.
Mr. Judge was crossing Main Street in the hamlet a little before 8 p.m., on his way home after dinner at Astro’s Pizza, when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle that fled the scene.
“My fear is that as time goes by, as this gets pushed off the front page, it is less likely that this person will be caught,” Mr. Siedlick said yesterday. He didn’t recognize Mr. Judge’s name when he first heard about his death, “but when I saw his picture I knew exactly who it was. I probably cross that spot 50 to 100 times a year.”
Elaine Monroe, the owner of Decorum, where Mr. Judge had worked for the last 13 years, said his death should be a wakeup call for the town. Main Street in Amagansett “is like a speedway,” she said. “People go barreling through town. There is no police presence. It’s been a problem for a long time.”
East Hampton Town police and members of the county police forensics unit painstakingly combed the road afterward for any fragment that might provide a clue to the make and model of the hit-and-run vehicle. Pieces of its front end were found strewn along the street, and on Oct. 26 the department released a statement indicating that the car may have a dark metallic finish, possibly blue, and would have both body and front-end damage, probably on the passenger side.
The investigation is ongoing. There is no new information at this time, Det. Lt. Christopher Anderson said yesterday. Anyone with information has been asked to call detectives at 537-7575 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.