A 92-year-old East Hampton woman was taken to the hospital after losing control of her car on Newtown Lane Monday afternoon, causing a chain-reaction crash involving five other cars.
East Hampton Village police cited Mary Zucker for improper backing, and have asked the Department of Motor Vehicles to review her license.
“I was going home, heading to Main Street, when I heard her hit me, and she just started spinning,” said Andrea Kim, who was driving a 2004 Lexus at the time. “She was flying.”
Ms. Zucker was backing her 2006 Chevrolet out of a parking space near Main Street at 3 p.m., police said, when she lost control of the vehicle, which struck a 2012 Volkswagen being driven by Sandra E. Vorpahl of East Hampton. The Chevrolet accelerated, bystanders told police, next striking Ms. Kim’s car, which was stuck in afternoon traffic.
Ms. Zucker then crashed into a 2009 Porsche Suburban owned by a Brooklyn woman, Ursula Alexander. The impact was hard enough to propel the Porsche backward; it slammed into a parked 2011 Hyundai Suburban, which in turn went backward into another parked car, a 2005 Land Rover.
That was the end of the carnage. Ms. Zucker, who complained of pain throughout her body, was taken to Southampton Hospital. Police closed Newtown Lane heading toward Main Street for about 45 minutes.
“Thank god nobody else got hurt,” Ms. Kim said. “I was going home with my groceries. I guess my ice cream cone has melted.”