Car flips multiple times in Napeague, driver in critical condition

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A Wainscott teen was seriously injured after losing control of the 2000 Mercury Mountaineer he was driving west on Route 27 in Napeague and hitting a tree early Saturday.

East Hampton Town Police said the SUV swerved into the eastbound lane, overturned several times and struck a tree at about 5:15 a.m. A 15-year-old East Hampton resident who was in the passenger seat was also treated for less serious injuries.

Brad Coleman, 19, and his passenger, whose name police would not release because of her age, were first taken to Southampton Hospital from the scene of the accident for treatment of injuries. Mr. Coleman was subsequently airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center on Saturday morning. He was in critical condition at the time as of Monday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Police said they are still investigating the accident but have already determined that speed was a factor. Police said a witness to the accident left the scene before they were able to conduct an interview.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the accident has been asked to call the East Hampton Town Police at 631-537-7575.

Carolyn kormann

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