One Killed, One Critically Injured In Pedestrian Accident Sunday Night


A Riverhead man hit two pedestrians—killing one and critically injuring the other—as both were attempting to cross Flanders Road in Riverside on Sunday night, according to Southampton Town Police.

Edward Allen, 40, was driving his Chevrolet Monte Carlo southbound on Flanders Road at around 8:30 p.m. when he hit two men crossing the highway near the McDonald’s in Riverside, Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said Monday evening.

The accident is still being investigated, and no charges have been filed against Mr. Allen, according to Town Police Chief Robert Pearce. Police have found no evidence of criminality, according to Chief Pearce.

Mr. Allen, whose phone number is not listed, could not be reached for comment.

On Tuesday afternoon authorities identified the pedestrian who had been pronounced dead at the scene as 42-year-old Fidel R. Ortiz of Riverside. Mr. Ortiz did not have any identification on him at the time of the accident, and detectives had to do a fingerprint analysis to identify him, according to Chief Pearce.

The second victim, Modesto Robles, 58, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital and was still in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Police do not know where Mr. Robles lives, and waited until Monday evening to release his identity so that they could try to contact his family members.

Mr. Robles immediately underwent surgery when he arrived at the hospital on Sunday night, Sgt. Costa said.

The section of Flanders Road from the traffic circle to the McDonald’s was closed for about three hours as detectives conducted their investigation. The road reopened after 11 p.m.

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