Cops Unsure What Caused Wainscott Crash

Village police still investigating why two vehicles collided on Montauk Highway Friday night.

There is no apparent cause of a two-vehicle accident, causing one of the vehicles to rollover, in Wainscott on Friday evening.

Donald Kalfin, the 87-year-old driver of the Lexus sport utlity vehicle that rolled over, has been discharged from Stony Brook University Medical Center.

East Hampton Village police detectives are still investigating, but without a reason from either drivers, or a witness, they aren't sure why the two cars' front ends collided in front of the Highway Diner & Bar on Montauk Highway.

No charges have been filed against Kalfin or the other driver Jose A. Tovarlam, 32, of East Hampton.

The road was slick, as it was raining when the accident occurred at about 5:35 p.m.  Kalfin's 2011 Lexus was headed east, while a 2005 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was headed west.

Allen Bennett Jr., the second-assistant fire chief in the Amagansett Fire Department, was a few cars behind the Lexus and was the first to report the accident. "It was close. I can't believe how the Lexus didn't land on another car — it was 20 feet in the air and rolled over one and a half times," Bennett said.

Due to the rain, he couldn't tell what caused the accident.  

The Lexus landed on its roof, trapping Kalfin in the vehicle. The East Hampton Fire Department's heavy rescue squad responded to extract him. 

Tovarlam and Kalfin were both in shock, according to an accident report. They both had worn seat belts, and complained of chest pain, and may have had whiplash, police said. 

The East Hampton Volunteer Ambulance Association transported Tovarlam to Southampton Hospital.

An ambulance took Kalfin to the East Hampton Airport to meet a Medevac helicopter, which transported him to Stony Brook. 

Montauk Highway, between Wainscott Northwest Road and Daniel's Hole Road, was closed for about two hours before re-opening.

Arnold Timer January 16, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Well considering the severity of the accident it's good to hear both drivers are on the mend.


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