Neither driver involved in a dramatic two-car collision in Wainscott Friday evening can remember what actually caused it.
Donald Kalfin of Wainscott, 87, driving a 2011 Lexus SUV, was eastbound on Montauk Highway by the Highway Diner near Daniel’s Hole Road. Jose Tovarlam, 32, of East Hampton was headed west in a 2005 Toyota pickup. Suddenly, for no known reason, both cars veered across the dividing line, crashing together so hard that the Lexus went flying through the air and flipped over.
Mr. Kalfin was trapped inside, and had to be freed by heavy-duty rescue workers. He was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center. Mr. Tovarlam was rushed by ambulance to Southampton Hospital. Both men were bleeding and complaining of chest pains, according to the police report.
The driver of the car behind Mr. Kalfin’s told police he saw the cars collide but could not say why. Both drivers have since been released from the hospital.
Kim Rocco, 55, of East Hampton was driving a 1996 Subaru on Buckskill Road in East Hampton near Mark Twain Lane a little after sunrise on Jan. 8 when, she told police, she was momentarily blinded by the sun. The car hit a wood chipper parked by the side of the road before coming to a stop.
Ms. Rocco was treated for chest pains at Southampton Hospital. Police confirmed that there was a lot of glare on the road.