A Sag Harbor man who police said was driving drunk and responsible for a serious head-on collision on Route 114 in East Hampton last year was sentenced on October 14 to at least two years in state prison.
East Hampton Town Police said William C. Hurley, 62, was headed north on Route 114 at approximately 6 p.m. on July 6, 2013, when his 2003 Toyota pickup truck collided head-on with a southbound 2006 BMW sedan driven by Dr. Elizabeth Krimendahl, 53, of New York City. Dr. Krimendahl’s 6-year-old son, Thaddeus, was in the car at the time.
Dr. 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 was transported to Southampton Hospital in serious condition with neck, back, arm and hand injuries. After being released from the hospital, he was charged by East Hampton Town Police with two misdemeanor counts of DWI and released after posting $10,000 bail.
In September 2013, he was indicted on three felony charges in Suffolk County Criminal Court, including two counts of vehicular assault in the second degree and one count of recklessly causing serious injury. He pleaded guilty to the felony and misdemeanor charges in January.
Sentenced by Suffolk County’s 10th Judicial Court Justice Fernando Camacho, Mr. Hurley received one year for each DWI offense, although he could stay in jail longer than two years because of concurrent sentences for some of the other felony charges, according to Kevin M. Fox, the attorney for Dr. Krimendahl.
Mr. Fox said Dr. Krimendahl is still receiving physical therapy for her injuries, but that her son is “fortunately not in need of treatment at this point. He’s only 6, though,” the attorney continued. “We don’t know what the long-term effects of this will be.”
Almost one year before the head-on collision, Ms. Krimendahl and her son were struck by a Suburban as they were crossing the street in Sag Harbor Village. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries in that accident, and no charges were filed.
In the case of the collision on Route 114, Mr. Fox said a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for physical and emotional damages was filed in 2013 but has been pending Mr. Hurley’s sentencing.
“My clients are happy the criminal prosecution is done and that he spoke of taking responsibility for what he did,” Mr. Fox said. “But, unfortunately, he still is fighting his civil case, where we’re seeking compensation for my clients.
“Next step for the civil case is to conduct the deposition,” the attorney continued. “We’re seeking a court order to conduct the deposition while he’s in Riverhead jail, before he gets sent upstate, but it’s likely he’ll be sent upstate before we get to conduct the deposition, which means we’ll have to travel up to northern New York to do it.”