A man arrested by East Hampton Town police last month on charges of drunken driving after a crash on Route 114 that sent a mother and child to the hospital was indicted last week on three felony charges, the most serious of which could result in a sentence of up to seven years in prison.
A grand jury indicted William Hurley, 60, of Sag Harbor on two counts of second-degree vehicular assault, class E felonies, as well as a more serious class D felony charge of recklessly causing serious injury with a weapon, that being his 2003 pickup truck. In addition, Mr. Hurley is charged with four misdemeanors, including the original drunken driving charge, as well a misdemeanor-level reckless driving charge.
He was headed home to Sag Harbor after a day of work at his East Hampton business, Peconic Beverages, when the crash occurred. It happened at about 6:15 p.m. on one of the few straight sections of the turnpike. Mr. Hurley’s truck collided with a BMW driven by Elizabeth Krimendahl, with her 6-year-old son, Thaddeus, riding in the passenger seat. She was airlifted directly to Stony Brook University Medical Center following the crash; the boy and Mr. Hurley were taken there after being seen at Southampton Hospital.
“Visibility is excellent there,” East Hampton Town police detective Sergeant Robert Gurney, who headed the investigation into the cause of the crash, said last month. The detective said the truck had veered across the double yellow lines, causing the crash, which totaled both vehicles.
Blood was drawn from Mr. Hurley at the hospital. His blood-alcohol content was said to be .14, well over the .08 legal limit.
He will be arraigned on the new charges by Justice Fernando Comacho of Suffolk County Supreme Court in Central Islip on Aug. 28.