UPDATE: Police Say Wife Was Driver Of Pickup That Killed Husband In Saturday Morning Accident In Westhampton Beach


UPDATE: Monday 11 a.m.

Westhampton Police identified the man who was killed on the Westhampton Beach High School grounds Saturday morning as Ernest Davis, 80, of Westhampton. Officials identified the driver of the car that hit Mr. Davis was his wife, Diane Herold.

Westhampton Beach Police Chief Trevor Gonce said it was not clear how or why Ms. Herold, 69, ended up hitting Mr. Davis with her 2009 GMC pickup truck. There were no witnesses, Chief Gonce added.

Ms. Herold has not been charged with a crime in relation to the incident. She could not be reached for comment on Monday morning.

UPDATE: Sunday 9 a.m.

Police have still not identified the 80-year-old man who died after being struck by a pickup truck on the grounds of the Westhampton Beach High School yesterday.

Westhampton Beach Schools Superintendent Michael Radday said that he had been told the man was at the high school for a garden show being put on at the school on Saturday by the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

“Our thoughts are with the victim of this tragic accident and his family,” Mr. Radday wrote in an email. “The district is grateful to our police and first responders who arrived so quickly to assist.”

Westhampton Beach Village Police Chief Trevor Gonce said the first police officer was on scene within a minute of the 911 call reporting the accident. The officer found the man pinned under the truck, which had apparently hit the him while backing up a small pathway to one of the school’s side entrances.

Other emergency personnel said the truck appeared to have been on the campus doing some kind of construction work, but Mr. Radday said there was no maintenance or construction scheduled at the school Saturday. Several boards of wood were visible in photos protruding from the back of the small pickup truck.

Police have not yet identified the driver or the owner of the truck.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and helped free the man from beneath the truck. He had suffered head and leg injuries, according to responders, and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead by Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.

UPDATE: Saturday 1:30 p.m.

An elderly man struck by a pickup truck on the grounds of Westhampton Beach High School on Saturday morning died from his injuries at Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to Westhampton Beach Village Police.

According to Police Chief Trevor Gonce, the 80-year-old man was struck by the pickup at about 9:35 a.m. Police responding to a 911 call found the man pinned beneath the pickup truck.

The man, whom police have not yet identified, was taken by Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to police. A Suffolk County medevac helicopter responded to the scene but was not used to transport the man.


A man was injured outside Westhampton Beach High School Saturday morning when a delivery truck struck him at around 10:30 a.m.

Westhampton Beach Fire Chief Ross Donneson said the driver, who was delivering construction materials, accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

The man who was struck sustained a head and perhaps a leg injury and was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead by the Westhampton War Memorial ambulance company.

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