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Driver Leaves Accident, Then Flips SUV in Springs

Driver flown to Stony Brook University Medical Center after crash Saturday morning.

A Medevac was called out to East Hampton on Saturday morning after a driver crashed in two places along Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road just before 3:40 a.m.

First Assistant Chief Ben Miller said he arrived at the location of the reported accident in front of , at 367 Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road, though he found no car, only evidence of a crash — broken glass, a tree and a telephone pole pushed over, and telephone wires hanging.

As it turned out, the driver kept on going and ended up flipping his Nissan sport utility vehicle two to three times, Miller said, near Pig Pen Produce, at 240 Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road.

"What I gathered was that the driver was headed south on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road and he hit the pole, but the car kept going so he turned around and headed north toward the village," Miller said.

However, the tire may have gone flat. Miller said he noticed some scraping on the pavement, before where the SUV hit an embankment on the side of the road, causing it to roll over.

The driver was already out of the SUV when Miller arrived. units responded, as well.

Fire department personnel decided to send the driver to Stony Brook University Medical Center by helicopter due "the mechanism of injury," Miller said.

Police have not released the driver's name and his condition is not known.

Later on Saturday, the fire department also responded to a pedestrian accident on Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road, near Gann Road.

Miller said an adult woman was walking with friends on the side of the road when she was struck. She suffered minor injuries to the shoulder, he said.

The fire chief said it appeared the car that hit her was trying to pass another car that was making a turn. He noted there is not much of a shoulder on that stretch of road.

Check back for more information on these accidents when police are available to comment. In the meantime, if you know the driver or the pedestrian in either accident, please let us know how they are doing.

Walter Noller September 02, 2012 at 11:27 AM
People walk or bike on TMH/HC rd all the time... not just summer. It's time town makes accomodations for them. It doesn't have to be extravigant, but a safe passage is a reasonable expectation. I'm certain no one who uses the road will argue it's dangerous for the many who walk or bike and it is not uncommon to see non-auto users of the road. Do we really need another catastrophy before town responds to this? This sounds, once again, like someone in too much of a hurry. You don't have the right to pass someone making a turn off these roads, be it on the left or right. So now we have a hit and run and another pedestrian who is lucky it wasn't another " Old Stone Hwy" incident. Town, the ball is in your court and I want to see a response from town to say they'll finally DO SOMETHING! One minor note... The village is south of the accident.
Judi Bistrian September 02, 2012 at 12:02 PM
The residents/visitors should also 'do something' by being aware of the dangers of walking/biking whatever on the local roads. TOOOOOO dangerous! It's only a matter of time before this happens again. It's not 1970 anymore folks...
Suzanne Sylvor September 02, 2012 at 01:46 PM
"The fire chief said it appeared the car that hit her was trying to pass another car that was making a turn. He noted there is not much of a shoulder on that stretch of road." Isn't this against the law????!!!
Nanci e. LaGarenne September 02, 2012 at 02:04 PM
put in a foot path and get your heads out of the prairie mentality sand! enough. and yes, do wake up on the roads, both drivers who should slow the hell down and cyclists and walkers with headphones in your ears, pay attention! this is a busy little country scene out here now. Jackson Pollack and his bicycle with basket of beer coming from the General Store, is long gone. Sorry. That road is beautiful. If you slow down you can enjoy it. I remind myself to do that all the time. Where are we all rushing to? And why? Better to be alive to enjoy this amazing landscape. I hope the rest of the weekend brings no more sirens. I am running out of prayers.
Bill Graham September 02, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Like this post!
Bean September 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
"North toward the village" ???. Ok remember breathe in and breathe out three times, that's it, there ya go. S.T.F.D., we're goin nowhere fast.
SadderBudweiser September 03, 2012 at 04:53 PM
And how did JP die? Ummm. Oh yeah.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Please note: This story has been updated.
Gail Simons September 06, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Wise words as always from the eternally beautiful Nanci! What planet is everyone living on that we don't have bike and foot paths EVERYWHERE? Hello?!? Not just for human safety, but for the conservation of our planet! More people could cut down on their carbon footprint by walking and biking if it was made more appealing and safe to do so. F'ing duh!
maryb September 07, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Well said Nanci !

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