Jeffrey Ahn, an honor student at the Trinity School in Manhattan, was struck and killed by a taxicab as he walked along Old Stone Highway from the Amagansett train station toward his family’s house on Arbor Lane on Saturday afternoon. He was 17.
“Just a tragic, tragic accident,” East Hampton Town Police Chief Edward Ecker said on Sunday. “There wasn’t any drinking or drugs involved here,” the chief said of the driver of the Lindy’s taxi, Ladislav Smigura.
“We’ve been coming here as long as I can remember,” Presca Ahn, Mr. Ahn’s sister, said on Tuesday. “He was excited about the week ahead.” Mr. Ahn’s school year had ended the previous week.
Normally, Ms. Ahn said, Mr. Ahn might have phoned their mother, who was in the Arbor Lane house. But on Saturday, he was with two childhood friends and his girlfriend, Penelope Farris. Not wanting to inconvenience his mother, the four left the station and began the mile journey on foot, a trip he had made many times.
They were walking single file on the right-hand side of the road, northbound, with their backs to traffic. They were nearing the house. “There’s no shoulder there,” Chief Ecker said. “It’s a very narrow road.”
Mr. Smigura, on his way to pick up a fare, apparently came around a bend in the road, saw the four, and tried to avoid hitting them. The passenger-side mirror of the 2004 Ford minivan struck Ms. Farris from behind and then struck Mr. Ahn. He was thrown forward and suffered major head trauma. He was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital upon arrival. Ms. Farris was treated for minor bruises and scrapes and released.
He had been visiting Ivy League schools in recent weeks and was looking forward to applying to Yale. “He could have been anything he wanted,” his sister said.