William Hurley, 60, who was involved in the head-on collision on Route 114 in East Hampton on July 6—which sent a woman and her 6-year-old son to the hospital—was arraigned at East Hampton Justice Court on Wednesday, July 10, just one day after being released from Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Mr. Hurley faces two charges of misdemeanor DWI and was released on $10,000 bail by Justice Catherine Cahill, according to his attorney, Edward Burke Jr., and he may face more charges yet.
The accident took place just after 6 p.m. on July 6. Mr. Hurley swerved into oncoming traffic and 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 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 and Thaddeus was first transported to Southampton Hospital, then to Stony Brook, also in serious condition. As of Tuesday, both mother and son had been released from the hospital, according to police.
Mr. Hurley, who owns Peconic Beverage on Pantigo Place, was taken to Southampton Hospital and then Stony Brook for treatment, also in serious condition with neck, back, arm and hand injuries, according to Mr. Burke. He was charged with DWI and released on an appearance ticket.
Mr. Burke said at his request, Justice Cahill set bail at $10,000. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office had requested $25,000. Mr. Hurley is due back in court on August 8.
Justice Cahill also suspended Mr. Hurley’s license, pending the outcome of the case.
“The fact that he has a business and he lives locally are strong considerations for the court as to whether he will attend each court date, and I’m confident that he will,” Mr. Burke said. “He’s doing OK—enough to be discharged and walk into the courtroom on his own accord, but mentally he’s having a hard time with this.”