Alleged Drunk Driver Indicted On Three Felony Counts

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The man police said was responsible for sending a woman and her son to the hospital with serious injuries while driving drunk and causing a head-on collision in July was indicted by a grand jury on three felony counts last week.

At his appearance in Suffolk County Criminal Court last Wednesday in front of Judge Fernando Camacho, William Hurley, 60, was indicted on two counts of vehicular assault in the second degree and one count of recklessly causing serious injury, all felonies. The jury also added two misdemeanor assault charges.

The head-on collision on State Route 114 in East Hampton took place just after 6 p.m. on July 6. Police said Mr. Hurley swerved into oncoming traffic and struck a BMW sedan driven by 53-year-old Elizabeth Krimendahl of New York City, 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 and Thaddeus was first transported to Southampton Hospital, then to Stony Brook, also in serious condition.

Mr. Hurley, who owns Peconic Beverage on Pantigo Place and lives in Sag Harbor, was taken to Southampton Hospital and then Stony Brook for treatment, also in serious condition with neck, back, arm and hand injuries. He was charged with DWI and released on an appearance ticket.

On July 10, he was released after posting $10,000 bail by Justice Catherine Cahill, according to his attorney, Edward Burke Jr., even though the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office had requested bail of $25,000. Mr. Hurley’s license has been suspended pending the outcome of the case.

He is due back in court when it reconvenes on October 3.

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