Collision Damages Flagpole

An East Hampton Village police officer spoke to the driver of a van that was struck in a hit-and-run accident last Thursday, forcing the van into the flagpole at the intersection of Main Street and Buell Lane. Police arrested the driver of the other vehicle involved, a landscaping truck, a short time later. Morgan McGivern

     Felipe Z. Cruz, 41, of Southampton was arrested on Friday afternoon after driving a white dump truck, pulling a lawn mower trailer into a van that then hit the flagpole at Buell Lane and Main Street in East Hampton Village. He left the scene of the accident, according to village police.
    Witnesses provided police with a description of the truck, and an officer pulled Mr. Cruz over at Georgica Road and Woods Lane. He does not have a valid driver’s license, police said. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license.
    Larry Cantwell, the East Hampton Village administrator, said yesterday that while the flagpole was damaged, it was not structural in nature. The cost of repair has not yet been determined.
    Mary C. Howard of East Hampton was pulling out of the Schenck parking lot in the village last Thursday afternoon when she struck a bicycle being ridden by Michael Kopka, also of East Hampton. Ms. Howard and a witness told police her view was obscured by hedges at the lot’s entrance.
    Mr. Kopka had abrasions and complained of arm and elbow pain. He was taken to Southampton Hospital for treatment.
    Barry Nathanson of North Bergen, N.J., was driving south on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road in Springs on the afternoon of Sept. 1 when he swerved to avoid an oncoming car, striking Paavina Reddy of New York City, town police reported. Ms. Reddy was walking with her back to oncoming traffic, the report said.
    Ms. Reddy’s elbow was injured. She was taken to Southampton Hospital, where she was treated and released.