Two Injured In Three-Car Crash Sunday In Flanders


Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries—and a third person was later charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol—following a three-car accident on Flanders Road in Flanders on Sunday evening, according to Southampton Town Police.

Authorities said the head-on accident occurred just after 7 p.m., near the intersection of White Brook Drive, when a Nissan Sentra being driven west by 58-year-old David Williams of Flanders crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck a 2013 Toyota Tacoma being driven by 32-year-old Christian Ortiz of Hampton Bays. Dilan Monroy Suret, 36, of Flanders, who was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer, then struck the Nissan Sentra, police said.

Officers said Mr. Suret, who declined medical attention, was later charged with driving while his ability was impaired by alcohol and driving without a license, both violations. He was taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing. He was arraigned the next day and released on his own recognizance, officials said.

Mr. Williams, who suffered undisclosed injuries, was transported by Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital, and Mr. Ortiz was taken by the same ambulance company to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, also for the treatment of undisclosed injuries.

The crash forced the closure of Flanders Road in both directions for more than three and a half hours between County Road 104 and Ludlam Avenue as investigators cleared the scene.

Sunday’s accident occurred six days after another multi-car accident on Flanders Road that claimed the life of a 57-year-old Babylon man.

Victim: Burglar Makes Off
With Safe, $300K In Cash

A burglar stole a safe containing $300,000 in cash after breaking into a North Sea home last week, according to Southampton Town Police.

According to a report filed at 6:27 p.m. last Thursday, November 17, by a homeowner on Mary’s Lane, the Elite Jr. Executive 30-minute fire safe was stolen from the home’s basement. Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph said the burglary occurred sometime between November 16 and November 17, though she could not provide any additional information about the incident.

Lt. Ralph also could not confirm if police have any suspects.

The safe itself was valued at $400, according to the police report.

Car Break-Ins Reported

Southampton Town Police are investigating a series of car break-ins that have occurred on both sides of the Shinnecock Canal in recent weeks.

Four vehicle break-ins were reported in the Riverside area between November 16 and 18, and three of the cars were unlocked at the time, according to authorities. The first two incidents were reported on November 16 and occurred in the overnight hours on Pond Drive and Oak Street, which are located in the same development. The victims reported roughly $40 in missing change.

The third was reported last Thursday, November 17, when a victim said someone used a screwdriver to break one of his car’s windows while it was parked on Old Quogue Road and stole a camera valued at $30. The next day, a Flanders Road woman said someone broke into her unlocked car and stole clothing and a box-cutter.

Police said they are also investigating similar instances in Water Mill and North Sea.

On Saturday, a Bay Street woman in North Sea reported that someone stole her purse, which contained cash and several credit cars, from the front seat of her unlocked car while it was parked in the driveway. Police said several unauthorized charges were made using the stolen cards.

Then on Sunday, a woman on Roses Grove Road in Water Mill reported that someone broke into two unlocked cars in her driveway, making off with a purse and an unknown amount of cash.

The reports come in the wake of a series of similar incidents in Hampton Bays. Police are urging residents to remove all valuables and to lock their vehicles.

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