UPDATE, Friday 11 a.m.:
Southampton Village Police have identified James, O’Hagan, 39, of Hampton Bays as the driver of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler that crashed into Norah’s on Wednesday afternoon.
At 5:25 p.m. Mr. O’Hagan was traveling eastbound on Jobs Lane when he became distracted while talking on his cell phone, according to Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison. He veered off the road, striking a garbage can, traffic signs, and several flower pots before hitting the building.
On Thursday morning, Det. Lamison said the building inspector has already inspected the building and declared it safe. Repairs have already started on the building.
Mr. O’Hagan was issued a traffic ticket for talking on his cell phone while driving. Charges are not expected to be filed.
A Jobs Lane building may have sustained structural damage, and a second building had minor damage, when a vehicle crashed into them shortly after 5 p.m. in Southampton Village on Wednesday.
Chris Brenner, 2nd assistant chief of the Southampton Fire Department, said the building housing Norah’s, a women’s clothing shop, was struck by the SUV that left Jobs Lane and mounted the sidewalk. No one was in Norah’s at the time, he said, and the driver of the vehicle was not injured. He would not speculate as to the cause of the accident.
He said the neighboring Jobs Lane Deli in the same building also had minor damage, but the damage to Norah’s was more severe.
Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour, and the Village Building Department was notified because of the structural damage.