Distractions, Obstructions, and Crashes

    A 2006 Toyota crashed into a utility pole on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk on Aug. 3, rolling over, snapping the pole in two, and knocking out power in Hither Hills for several hours. The accident happened at 1:30 in the afternoon, 500 feet west of Washington Avenue.

    The driver, Jonas Ahern of Southampton, and his passenger, Rosemary R. Lee, were  reportedly conscious and alert afterward but complaining of pain. Both were taken to Southampton Hospital.

    According to East Hampton Town police, Mr. Ahern missed a turn on the narrow, winding road, which has many blind spots and multiple dips and rises. “Driver distraction” may have been a factor in the accident.

    Speaking to a reporter afterward, the longtime Montauk real estate broker John Keeshan said the electric and telephone poles that line the road, given all its blind spots, are a major hazard. Recalling a similar incident in 2011, he said the wires and cables should be put underground.

    A three-car crash at the always busy intersection of Bluff Road and Atlantic Avenue resulted in two people being taken to Southampton Hospital on the afternoon of Aug. 4. Jason J. Nadich of Darien, Conn., was driving a 2011 Ford, with his wife and four children in the car, north on Atlantic Avenue when he started to cross Bluff Road. He told town police he did not see Sadie Adams’s oncoming 1971 Volkswagen, westbound on Bluff.

    The Ford hit the Beetle, which in turn struck a 2008 Toyota that was waiting at a southbound stop sign on Atlantic Avenue. The Toyota’s driver was Maura Dickler, who gave police a New York City address, as did Ms. Adams.

    Ms. Adams complained of head pain. A passenger in Ms. Dickler’s car, Christine Constentine, complained of neck pain. Police attributed the accident to an “obstructed view” — overgrown shrubbery — at the northbound Atlantic Avenue stop sign.

    Another Amagansett crash near one of the beach roads, this time at Indian Wells Highway and Amagansett Main Street, sent two others to the hospital last Thursday night.

    A 21-year-old Wainscott woman, M. A. Romero-Quiguiri, in a westbound 2004 Chevrolet, who was turning left from Main Street into the Mobil station, failed to yield to an eastbound 2002 BMW driven by Patrick Bernard, 44, of Montauk. The BMW slammed into the passenger side of the Chevrolet. Ms. Romero-Quiguiri’s  two passengers, Cynthia Romero and Jose Jimbo, complained of pain and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

    Police wrote no citations but did note that in addition to failure to yield,  “driver inexperience” — Ms. Romero-Quiguiri’s — contributed to the accident.

    A parking mishap at the Wavecrest Resort in Montauk sent both occupants of a 2005 Pontiac to Southampton Hospital by ambulance Friday afternoon.

    Eileen D. Robbins, a New Yorker one day short of her 57th birthday, was backing up on a circular driveway when she hit a concrete wall. She put the car in forward, but lost control, according to the police report, and the car “drove through shrubs and off a dividing wall, onto a lower-level area, stopping in a dirt embankment.”

    Both the driver and her passenger, Susan Friedberg, complained of pain. The cause of the accident, police said, was driver inattention or distraction.


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