Napeague Crash Sends Three to Hospital

A three-car accident heavily damaged cars, including these two on Montauk Highway on the Napeague stretch Friday afternoon. Alan Burke

       A three-car accident on the Napeague stretch of Montauk Highway sent three people to Southampton Hospital with minor injuries on Friday afternoon, according to fire officials.

       The crash occurred just west of Shipwreck Drive, when Bernard P. Rice, 80, of New York City, crossed over the double yellow lines in his 2001 Subaru around 3:10 p.m., according to East Hampton Town police. Heading west, he struck a 2009 Jeep going east on the driver’s side rear door. The collision sent the Jeep, driven by Karen J. Kuneth, 38, of Montauk, off the road.

       Mr. Rice’s Subaru bounced off the Jeep and struck an eastbound 2013 Audi S.U.V. in the driver’s side and front tire. The Audi, with Sara E. Ciccariello, 36, of Montauk, behind the wheel, also went off the road, hitting a tree on its passenger side.

       Mr. Rice told police he had no recollection of the accident, the report said.

       The Amagansett Fire Department’s heavy rescue truck responded, but was used only to cut the vehicles’ battery cables, Chief Duane Denton said. “We didn’t have to cut anyone out,” he said.

       Chief Denton said the victims were not badly injured, though the vehicles were heavily damaged. “It looks like it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

       Ms. Ciccariello was the only one who complained of pain, but all three drivers were taken to the hospital.

       Three ambulances, two from Amagansett and one from the Montauk Fire Department, were used.     


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