By Michael Wright
and Carol Moran
Three people were hospitalized and a fourth arrested for DWI on Sunday, May 5, following a three car accident on East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays that closed the road to traffic for nearly three hours.
The collision occurred about 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening just east of the Hampton Bays business district, near Katrinka’s Deli, according to Southampton Town Police Sergeant Herbert Johnson.
One of the victims was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital in a Suffolk County Police helicopter with a broken femur. The helicopter landed in a field near the Southampton Town Parks and Recreation office off Newtown Road. The other two victims, one man and one woman, were taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital with less serious injuries.
The accident occurred after the driver of a 1993 Toyota sedan pulled out of the parking lot of Hampton Beverage into the westbound lane of Montauk Highway. The car was rear ended by a 1965 Ford pickup that was also heading westbound, pushing the sedan into the eastbound lane, where it was struck head-on by an oncoming 2007 Ford Suburban.
The driver of the pickup, Matthew Ravenhall, 23, of East Quogue was charged with DWI. A male passenger in the vehicle was not injured.
Juan Aparicio, 23, of Southampton, who was in the front passenger seat of the sedan, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. Rogeljo Aparicio Martinez, the driver of the sedan, was taken to Southampton Hospital, as was the driver of the Suburban, Jennifer Finocchiaro.
Southampton Town Police said Mr. Martinez did not have a driver’s license, though it was unclear whether he was charged with unlicensed driving.
Jay Baucum, a safety officer for the Hampton Bays Fire Department, said East Montauk Highway was closed to traffic between Old Riverhead Road and Bittersweet Avenue while police investigated the accident. The road reopened at about 9:34 p.m. He said the fire department assisted in cleaning up a fuel spill.