Police: Springs Boy Airlifted With Fractured Skull From Falling Tree

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A young Springs boy was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital on Friday with a fractured skull sustained when a tree was cut down and fell on him, according to East Hampton Town Police.

The incident happened at about 7 p.m. on Friday on Three Mile Harbor Road.

Chief Ed Ecker Jr. identified the boy as Jeremy Chinchilla. Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson said on Tuesday that Jeremy is 5 years old.

He was believed to have non-life-threatening injuries, although police said they could not comment further.

A man hired to cut down trees on a property neighboring the Chinchillas’, Louis Gutama of Springs, was at work next door at the time of the accident. Jeremy was in his family’s yard.

“At some point one of the trees fell onto the Chinchillas’ property and hit Jeremy,” the chief said. According to Detective Lieutenant Anderson, Mr. Gutama was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, that day.

Springs ambulance crews responded to the scene.

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