A Babylon man was killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Flanders Road in Flanders on Monday night.
According to Southampton Town Police, James Sager, 57, was driving westbound on Flanders Road when he veered into the eastbound lane at about 8 p.m. Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph explained that his vehicle sideswiped three cars and hit a fourth car head-on. The driver of the fourth car, a woman whom police would not identify, was flown via medevac helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.
Mr. Sager was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
It was not clear, as of earlier this week, why Mr. Sager was driving in the wrong lane. Police also would not say where he was believed to be heading.
There were no other reported injuries in the crash, according to police.
The stretch of Flanders Road between Longneck Boulevard and Pleasure Drive South near Fireman’s Memorial Park was closed for about four hours while police investigated the crash. The road was reopened at 2:07 a.m. Tuesday, and the last officer left the scene about an hour later at 3:10 a.m., according to Lt. Ralph.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Flanders Road was the scene of another accident only a few weeks earlier. A homeless man was seriously injured attempting to cross the road on October 27 in Hampton Bays—just a few miles east of Monday night’s accident scene.
Southampton Town Police said Victor Muralles, 25, was struck while trying to cross the highway that morning. Police said he was attempting to run across the southbound lanes, south of Sunrise Highway, when he was struck by a 2002 Honda driven by Kelvin Rodriguez, 24, of Riverhead. Mr. Rodriguez, who was not injured in the accident, was cited for driving without a license, police said. They also impounded his vehicle for a routine safety check. No criminal charges were expected to be filed.
Despite the accidents, Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he does not think Flanders Road is particularly dangerous. He pointed out that it was once riddled with potholes but was recently repaved by the state. That repaving project, which cost approximately $10 million, came in response to an accident earlier in which a PSEG truck strayed from its lane and struck a car head-on, killing a 47-year-old woman from Hampton Bays. Some residents at the time blamed the condition of the road for the accident.