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Amagansett Crash Kills One Friday Night

After the fire department extinguished a vehicle fire, they found a single occupant dead.

Update, Monday, Feb. 25, 10:40 a.m.: Police have confirmed the identity of the driver — Samuel J. Spielberg, 31, of East Hampton. For more information, please click here.

Previously: Detectives are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Red Dirt Road in Amagansett on Friday night.

A 2002 Toyota 4Runner was found on fire off the roadway when police officers and Amagansett Fire Department personnel responded at 11:26 p.m., according East Hampton Town Detective Sgt. Robert Gurney.

"After the fire was extinguished, the single occupant of the vehicle was found deceased," Gurney said in a statement released on Saturday morning.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the 4Runner failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, west of Old Stone Highway, and left the road, striking trees and overturning.

Detectives did not release the name of the person killed. 

Police are continuing to investigate, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office. Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at 631-537-7575.

This is the second fatal car accident of 2013. On Feb. 7, Kelly A. Doroski, a 23-year-old Sag Harbor woman, died when her vehicle went into the woods off Route 114 in East Hampton. She was also the only person in the vehicle at the time. 

PJ Delia February 23, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Prayers for the family of the this person. so sad
barbara shelly February 23, 2013 at 07:15 PM
The picture you published of the body bag being loaded into the car is in really bad taste and hurtful to his family and friends.
PJ Delia February 23, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Barbara, this looks like it might be a picture from a practice run or something. Certainly not a picture from a Winter night. I hope that helps.
T.J. Clemente February 23, 2013 at 07:40 PM
god, after years of reporting stuff, it seems in the last year/18 months, a lot of people seem to be dying in all sorts of accidents.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 23, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Barbara, PJ is correct. That's a picture of Medical Examiner personnel from our archives. There is no body in it, and it's certainly not from last night.
Shrinkgirl February 23, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Taylor: The photograph is very upsetting. Why use it? The family is local. We are all devastated. Why use a photograph of a body bag? Out of respect for the family please remove it. You mention it is not the actual accident. Why show it at all?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 23, 2013 at 08:28 PM
I have removed it. In all honesty, the only reason I used it was because it was the only file photo I had of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office. I have to post a photo with every story (that's just the way the site is set up), but I understand what you are saying completely, particularly because it is not even from this incident. My apologies to anyone it upset. I certainly did not mean any disrespect. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim, who, for the record, has not been officially identified yet by police.
Sophie February 23, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Please pull that horrendous photograph off the page. You are a local site why would you possibly publish something in such bad taste for this young man's family and friends and community to see. It is callous.
Sophie February 23, 2013 at 08:32 PM
that is your excuse Taylor you have to be kidding
Shrinkgirl February 23, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Thanks Taylor. This is a small town and news travels fast. Photographs carry a lot of weight. I appreciate your responding so quickly.
"Pride of Bonac" February 23, 2013 at 09:17 PM
I think you have maned up to this --in a good womanly way - - thanks for the explaination --- I think you clarified this sufficiently
Alwayslocal February 23, 2013 at 09:22 PM
@ Barbara, you have to look at the reality of this story. It's very sad, thoughts and prayers to this family. But also you have to realize if you look at the picture you can tell it CLEARLY was not from this accident scene, look at the weather conditions alone. You have to also realize the difficult task of reporting sad news to the community. No one wants to report bad news, but its necessary. So give Taylor a break. You need to show pictures with a story, and I am sure that are tons of archived photos that she can use in place of the tragic personals photos of a live active police scene. I think Taylor Vecsey does a fabulous, tasteful job reporting all our local news and events.
Jeannine Ryan February 23, 2013 at 09:52 PM
God bless the victim and the family. It's just heartbreaking.
Michael DeSario February 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and his family
Kevin Gray February 24, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Terribly sad news and my thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Peter February 24, 2013 at 04:12 AM
It is pretty obvious that photo was not from the incident if you use just a little common sense. If you READ the comments it also clarifies further that it was a general photo. There is no need for the rude and condescending tone towards Taylor, not only were you wrong about the photo she did remove it and apologize YOU should be the one apologizing at this point.
Sharon Marie Buckler February 24, 2013 at 04:40 AM
What a horrible accident. It has become increasing frightening to drive. My prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased.
BONACKER February 24, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Hey Taylor just asking, is there update coming soon
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 24, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Hi, Bonacker. We will update the story as soon as police make more information available. I just spoke to them, about a half-hour ago, and was told they will not release the victim's name until identification is made. I know word is already around town, but it is our policy at Patch not to post the victim's name until police release it or the family confirms to us directly.
PJ Delia February 24, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I think we need to give Taylor her due here. She's very professionally walking a fine line between getting information out to the community about one of their own, respecting the privacy of family, allowing the police to follow protocol and dealing with people who are taking their grief out on her. Taylor, thank you for doing this so well.
David Buda February 24, 2013 at 05:33 PM
There is simply no good or easy way to report a fatal incident/accident that won't upset someone close to the decedent. Taylor/EHPatch is doing a professional, highly competent job of reporting the news of interest to the community. Kudos!
Penny February 24, 2013 at 08:07 PM
There's no way to win here. Taylor is reporting the news, as it happens...before the gossip mill starts turning. She doesn't post horrifying accident pics (unlike the local papers) and doesn't go for the whole shock value thing. Geez, if she didn't report it, then people would be like...what's she covering up? A person lost their life and it is a very sad thing. It affects me either way...whether I end up knowing this person..or not. Beating up the messenger accomplishes nothing. If you'd rather not know, then don't read the article. Or, wait till the weeklies come out. Sad stories are shared here beside the good ones. They are all, unfortunately "news". I think Taylor & Patch provide a great public service to our (and many other) Towns. Aside from listening to WLNG, where else do we have access to "instant" local news as it happens, that involves all of us? You can't please all the people, all the time. Aside from that pic not being from the accident...it was a daytime pic anyway...the accident was at night...I don't think the family is concerned about checking Patch to see what picture they posted...they've got more important things to be worried about. May the family find peace & comfort from a community that shares in their loss.
Don chino February 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Is there info yet on who died in this accident ?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Police just updated us right after 10 a.m. Here is the updated story: http://patch.com/A-2nJv
nicolas sandoval February 26, 2013 at 04:15 AM
whent go to be the funeral

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