UPDATE: East Hampton Village Police Identify Driver In Crash That Killed Springs Girl


UPDATE: Monday, 2:08 p.m.

East Hampton Village Police identified Maria Brennan, 73, of East Hampton, as the driver of the vehicle in the crash that claimed 14-year-old Anna’s life.

In a press release on Monday, Village Police said the accident occurred on Route 27 as both the car, a 2002 Ford Explorer, and Anna Lytton who was on a bike, were traveling westbound. The car struck the bike as Anna attempted to turn left toward the CVS pharmacy across the street, according to the press release.

Ms. Brennan was cited with a vehicle and traffic violation for failure to exercise due care, police said in the statement.

Meanwhile, officials from the Springs and East Hampton school districts issued statements on the accident. A “crisis team” was assembled on Monday morning at Springs School, with counselors from the school and other neighboring schools on hand to assists students, staff and family.

“Anna was a student who always brought a smile to everyone’s face,” Springs School Principal Eric Casale said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “She was a gentle soul who cared so much for others. Whether you were her friend, her classmate or an adult, Anna always greeted you with a smile and a friendly and genuine ‘hello.’ Her smile was infectious to the point that when you saw Anna smile, you could not help but join her. That was the type of person Anna was and will always be remembered as.”

UPDATE: 12:20 p.m.

Anna Mirabai Lytton, 14, of Springs, was killed in the accident, her grandmother and a friend of the family confirmed on Sunday afternoon.

It was Anna’s first day of her summer job—working at Mandala Yoga in Amagansett, where her mother, Kate Rabinowitz, works, said Carolyne Abrams Dyer, a friend of the family, and Andrea Rabinowitz, Anna’s grandmother.

Anna lived in Springs with her mother, her 16-year-old brother, James Lytton, and her father, Rameshwar Das. She was on her bicycle crossing Montauk Highway when she was struck by a 73-year-old female driver. Anna was alive before being airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, Ms. Dyer said. She later was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The young girl was slated to attend the Ross School in fall.

“She was incredibly bright, mature, compassionate, loving beyond her years,” Ms. Dyer said over the phone, her voice breaking. “She was raised in a world of tremendous openness and love, and she was given every opportunity. Her mother actually just told a story of how if she wanted to know something, she would research it, because she was so interested in knowing about everything—she would go up and research and want to know. She had an insatiable love of knowledge.”

Anna was “the most loving, wonderful granddaughter,” said Ms. Rabinowitz. She was also a “lovely writer.”

“She was interested in people,” Ms. Rabinowitz said. “She was very much a people-person and a peacemaker. And she was just kind of interested in everything.”

She said Anna and her brother James were “the most devoted brother and sister you ever saw.”

Mr. Das, her father, was in Hawaii for work when the accident happened, said Ms. Rabinowitz, who is married to Alan Rabinowitz.

A witness who works in the vicinity of the accident, and who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that when he got to the scene, he saw the bike underneath the van. He also saw the elderly driver being consoled by a group of people. “It looked like she was shaken,” he said.

Village Police have not yet identified the driver, or formally named the victim.


A 14-year-old girl on a bike was struck by a car in East Hampton Village on Saturday afternoon and later pronounced dead after being airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The girl was “pinned under the vehicle and freed by six to eight Good Samaritans” after a 73-year-old driver hit her, according to a press release issued by East Hampton Village Police. The girl was rushed to the East Hampton Airport by East Hampton Village Ambulance and then flown to Stony Brook, where she was declared dead.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured, according to the police press release. The accident happened at the intersection of Pantigo Road and Gay Road Highway along Montauk Highway at about 1:25 p.m.

Police have not yet identified the young victim.

The investigation is ongoing, Village Police said in the release. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the East Hampton Village Police at (631) 324-0777.

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