A three-car crash on Montauk Highway, just west of Napeague Meadow Road, around 3 a.m. Sunday morning resulted in two of the drivers being sent to the hospital while under arrest on the charge of driving while intoxicated, according to East Hampton Town police.
The crash occurred when a 2010 Honda Accord in the westbound lane, driven by Nicole Zizelis, 51, of Amagansett, collided with a 2008 Jeep Wrangler in the eastbound lane. Hari Kalyan, 33, of Brooklyn was the driver of the Jeep.
Muhammad Fahim, 27, of Islandia, who was driving a 2006 Ford taxi cab east, swerved hard in an attempt to avoid the wreckage, but ended up sideswiping Mr. Kalyan’s vehicle before coming to a stop about 20 yards away. According to an officer familiar with the case, the accident was just yards from a house Mr. Kalyan is renting for the summer.
Both Ms. Zizelis and Mr. Kalyan were charged with drunken driving. They had “serious, but not life-threatening” injuries, the officer said. Ms. Zizelis was released to Southampton Hospital. Mr. Kalyan was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital.
Mr. Fahim was reportedly unhurt and was not cited for any violations.
The East Hampton Town police seized all three vehicles to run safety checks on them.
Both the Jeep and the Hondas were totaled, now twisted metal hulks sitting in the East Hampton Town police impound yard.
It is at least the seventh week in a row that a motor vehicle accident has resulted in a drunken driving arrest in the greater East Hampton area.