A Manhattan woman and her child were seriously injured in a head-on collision with a suspected drunken driver in East Hampton on Saturday.
The scene, swarming with emergency responders, was all too familiar to the victims—nearly a year ago to the day, the woman and her child were struck by an SUV in a Sag Harbor crosswalk.
Saturday’s accident took place just after 6 p.m. when William Hurley, 60, of Sag Harbor was driving north in his Toyota pickup truck on Route 114 and swerved into oncoming traffic. He struck a BMW sedan driven by 53-year-old Elizabeth Krimendahl, which was heading south, according to East Hampton Town Police.
Both Ms. Krimendahl and her 6-year-old son, Thaddeus, had to be extricated from their vehicle by the heavy rescue unit of the East Hampton Fire Department.
Ms. Krimendahl was flown by Medevac helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center in serious condition, police said, and Thaddeus was first transported to Southampton Hospital, then to Stony Brook, also in serious condition. As of Tuesday, Ms. Krimendahl was still in the hospital with serious injuries, and Thaddeus was still in serious condition, also at Stony Brook, according to police.
Mr. Hurley was transported to Southampton Hospital and then Stony Brook for treatment, also in serious condition, although he was subsequently released. He was charged with DWI and released on an appearance ticket, according to police.
Route 114 was closed from South Breeze Drive to Daniel’s Hole Road for five hours so police could investigate the crash. Both vehicles were totaled and were impounded.
When the Krimendahls were hit last year, they were taken to Southampton Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An East Hampton woman driving a Chevrolet Suburban was making a left turn from Division Street onto Bay Street when her vehicle struck the mother and her son. Although the SUV was moving slowly, the Krimendahls were knocked to the ground. No charges were filed in the accident.
East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker Jr. said he was surprised to hear that the second accident happened almost exactly a year later. “That’s like being hit by lightning twice,” he said, adding that he hopes for their quick recovery.
Town Police detectives are still investigating the crash and ask that anyone who witnessed the collision contact Town Police at 537-7575.