Pedestrian, 61, Killed in Amagansett Hit-and-Run, Police Say

East Hampton Town police are looking for a vehicle that hit John Judge on Main Street Tuesday night.

Update, 11:50 p.m.: East Hampton Town police identified the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident on Tuesday night as John Judge, 61, of East Hampton.

"Detectives believe the vehicle that struck the victim fled the scene in an unknown direction after sustaining damage to the front end in the collision," Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said in a statement released Tuesday night.

This is the eighth fatal motor vehicle accident in the Town of East Hampton in 2012. Judge is the second pedestrian killed this year; in June, a taxi struck and killed 17-year-old Jeffrey Ahn while he was walking along Old Stone Highway with friends.

Update, 10:30 p.m.: The pedestrian who was struck in a hit-and-run accident on Main Street in Amagansett on Tuesday night died of his injuries at Southampton Hospital, according to East Hampton Town police.

Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said his department is continuing to search for the vehicle and its driver. The victim's name has not been released yet.

Detectives are investigating at the scene, where the man was found bleeding on the eastbound side of the street, across from Astro Pizza, at about 7:50 p.m.

East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione, who stopped to get pizza, discovered the man laying up against a Toyota Tundra pick-up truck that was parked on the side of the street, just east of Hedges Lane. He declined to comment further.

The Amagansett Fire Department, of which Stanzione is also a volunteer ambulance driver, received the call at 7:52 p.m. The man was reportedly bleeding and unresponsive.

An ambulance transported the man to the hospital, where police said he died from his injuries.

A small stretch of Main Street remained closed, between Hedges Lane and Miankoma Lane, while detectives gathered evidence, under a tent due to the rain.

Chief Ed Ecker, who was also at the scene along with Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Police Captain Mike Sarlo, expected the road to be closed for several hours and asked that drivers use alternate routes.

Those with any information about the crash are asked to call East Hampton Town Police at 631-537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Previously: Police are looking for a vehicle that hit a pedestrian on Main Street in Amagansett and left the scene on Tuesday night.

The victim, who reportedly has serious injuries, was struck in front of Astro Pizza. Police were called at 7:52 p.m.

The Amagansett Fire Department transported the victim to Southampton Hospital.

The East Hampton Town Police Department put out a "Be on the Lookout" alert to area police departments for a vehicle with front-end damage. Detectives were called to the scene of the accident.

Police Chief Ed Ecker was on his way to the scene, as well.

He said Main Street — which is also Montauk Highway — will be closed in the center of Amagansett for several hours while detectives investigate. He asked that motorists use an alternate route.

Kathy October 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I agree with tj Clemente. If you have nothing to hide, you'll have no problem with a quick check. If you do, you shouldn't be driving anyway.
tm October 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM
where are you doing this quick check? are you setting up permanent check points all over Town, or are you proposing that the police just spend all day pulling people over?
Peconic Sunset October 24, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Your comment about propelling 2 tons of steel is dramatic but off the mark.That is a restricted speed zone, lots of cross walks too. I agree pedestrians need to be aware, but there must be consequences for bad drivers. Tickets, license suspension/revocation and jail are the corrections and we need more police on the ground as they are our first line of defense.
Peconic Sunset October 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM
TM, suggest we leave the logistics up to the police.
Sharon Marie Buckler October 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
What a shame. He was such a good man. Whether it was lighting or not, hitting someone and leaving them to die on the side of the road is the most horrible thing that I can imagine. My heart goes out to the Lupo and Stipanvo families.
Preliator October 24, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Why just East Hampton, why not all of Suffolk County, all of NY, all of America? Why stop there? Why not smash down the doors and search every mosque looking for potential terrorists? How about sweeping through cities asking for papers? Did not Obama just try to stop Arizona from doing something along these lines. That is a very slippery slope to walk out on.
Walter Noller October 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
If this is, in fact, an incident of someone who is not in the country legally, there needs to be a concerted effort to respond to the first illegal activity and I don't care what country ( or planet, for that matter) you come from. If you are not here in a legal status, you can't legally buy a car, get a license, register or insure an auto. This is a federal and states matter and in many cases, police hands are tied to respond to this matter. Unfortunately, we also have a "what's in it for me" that also equates to the lack of personal responsibility factor within our society. Spill hot coffee or over eat junk food and who gets sued? Our moral compass is broke. But it's perpetuated by "looking the other way" on issues as first stated. "If I can get away with one thing, what else can I get away with" and "if they're getting away with it, why can't I get away with something else" is not helping our society. This is not "picking on people" or showing bias, it's upholding laws and showing equal expectations that everyone lives within those laws.
tm October 24, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Peconic - logistics barely cracks the list as to why/how such a program could or should be implemented
Sophie7 October 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Unreal. another senseless tragedy. There is NOT enough light there and idiots will be idiots and drive drunk and drive too fast and text and phone chat...unless SOMETHING IS LEARNED AND DONE IMMEDIATELY! My condolences to his friends and family. Senseless. PLEASE ANYONE WHO GETS CAR DESCRIPTION AND THNK IT MAY FIT, CALL POLICE. THis perp needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law
Preliator October 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Didn't the town just remove a street light from that area?
Loretta Lynch October 24, 2012 at 02:31 PM
So Sad
Solusipse October 24, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Pulling over every car to see if someone has a license won't stop properly licensed drivers from having accidents. Maybe you can read their minds at the same time to see if they'd leave the scene of a future accident. Maybe a better idea would be to search everyone for guns. They do more intentional than accidental harm.
S.B. Bonacker October 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I totally agree with TJ Clemente's comments, I was thinking the exact same thing as I was driving to work this morning and heard of this tragic death. We have to get some kind of drivers verification program into place asap. If it means profiling and checkpoints - so be it. I would not mind being stopped and verified, at any place, any time. It a lot of work for the Town Police to undertake, maybe they can ask for federal assistance. We must get these illegal and unlicenced drivers off the roads, whatever it takes. It is very possible that this victim was killed by someone who has no documentation, insurance and licence.....and nothing to lose. They left this poor man to die by the side of the road. Disgraceful. This is the same scenario that happened in Water Mill with the nun being struck and left to die. The community needs to be very afraid at this point if the killer is not captured by police SOON and prosecuted.
bonacbill October 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Pulling everyone over to check seemed to really work with the DWI's this summer so why not check for unlicensed drivers? It will make them think twice, it made everyone think twice about having even one drink and getting behind the wheel this summer. Everywhere I went people were talking about it. Every week in the paper you read about undocumented drivers being pulled over. If you are illegal, unlicensed and driving an uninsured/unregistered car you should be arrested and car impounded. Zero tolerance.
Bill Graham October 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
This is so sad. I literally drove by there 40 mins before this and there was a cop sitting on the EB side right in front of the school... I hope the guilt gets to the person and they do the right thing and turn themselves in.
PJ Delia October 24, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I just cannot understand what kind of person hits any living thing and doesn't stop to lend aid. To leave a fellow human being suffering by the side of the road...unimaginable to me.
Rick Drew October 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Speeding is a problem in our township. Everyone has a responsibility to drive under the posted speed limits. I have never come close to hitting a deer under 30mph. I have often come terribly close and have struck deer at over 30mph. Speed kills!
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 05:28 PM
According to Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, no.
Patrice Dalton October 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM
How can anyone be so cold as to not stop and help this man? I simply don't understand this.
Shrinkgirl October 24, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I have been wondering all day...what does it take to leave the scene? You cannot blame it on being Illegal or Gay or Liberal or Tea Party or....what does it take...in that instant..to leave the scene? How quickly do you have to make that decision? How will you live from this point on? Do yourself a favor. Turn yourself in. You will never forgive yourself. The suffering will continue. Your only peace will come from acknowledging what happened.
Carolyn N October 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Well said Shrinkgirl. Hopefully whoever did it will read this and think the same thing.
Misty October 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM
John Paul Judge was my children's uncle and I knew him when we were all in high school living on the same road, I was married to his younger brother for a time. This man was a gentle man who was truly loved by his neices and nephews as well as his brothers and sister. He was a good man and I only hope that whoever left him to die inthe street is found so they will not make another person and family suffer with the knowledge of what we have found out tonight. My heart hurts knowing Johnny was left to die alone. No one should ever havee to endure that. God Bless him and I know he is with his Parents and his Grandfather S. God bless them all.
life long resident for 56 years October 25, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The lighting is VERY poor. I am sorry Dark Sky people but the Main Streets of Amagansett, Montauk and East Hampton are also a main highway! They need lighting where a driver can actually see!
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I am very sorry for your family's loss, Misty. I hope you get the opportunity to read a story about what he meant to the Lupo family. Here is the link: http://patch.com/A-yVhs
Arnold Timer October 25, 2012 at 01:10 AM
This is a real tragedy, but I'm not surprised. Our culture and our communities have been devolving over the last several decades. Urban areas tend to predict these trends and all or most of Long Island is heavily influenced by urban ideals. Horrible things happen everywhere, but I truly believe we (here in the metro NY area, and other similar densely populated areas of the country) are at least 20 years ahead of the norm in the US when it comes to attitudes towards our fellow man. We are an early indicator of where this country is going. When I travel to other areas of the country I am always amazed by how much more genuine, polite, and compassionate people are; especially in more rural areas. The development here and excessive amounts of affluence and hubris bring a negative/selfish attitude to this once caring and inclusive community. It's now become everyone for himself with no care about their neighbor. Unfortunately, this same group of people support a large population of laborers and service people who might have legal/immigration issues if they stopped to lend a hand to an injured person. Many or most of these folks don't share the attitudes of their employers but are victims of their status in this country. I can only believe it might be better to move away to a place a few decades behind us. It's not a permanent solution, but it could make one's immediate life more enjoyable. This is a particularly disturbing event. My condolences to Mr. Judge's family.
Misty October 25, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Ms. Vecsey - thanks so much for the link - it was very comforting to read the article and see pictures of Johnny. I'm forwarding the link to my children and will always be grateful for your kindness. When my son called me to tell me about Uncle Johnny, I just could not believe it - it is not something anyone ever wants to believe but while I knew he had friends very dear to him in the Hamptons, I did not realize the extent of the friendship and it is comforting to know he had "family" there. God Bless,
christine sciulli October 25, 2012 at 03:45 AM
this is such a tremendous tragedy. i agree with comments on the very poor/glarey lighting. i am also astonished at the number of drivers who ignore the pedestrian crosswalks in amagansett.all that said if you are watching the road,and going 30 or under even with poor lighting you will see a pedestrian crossing. even dressed in black. humans are hardwired to see other humans. leaving a person to suffer and die to save yourself is unimaginably heinous and unforgivable.
hometownEH October 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I hope that Mr. Judge did not suffer. I'd like to think that the individual is not callous or cold, but rather intensely scared. I suspect that the person fled out of fear - primarily fear of the unknown. However, that does not make it okay.
Misty October 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
HometownEH - I understand where you are coming from by fear or not - you don't leave someone to die alone on the highway - there is no amount of time or excuses that will justify doing this and now this person or persons will live with nagging at their mind constantly telling themselves - I killed a person - if they have any heart at all they will come forwaard and tell everyone just what was so important in their life that they could not stop to help or at least make a phone call to try and save Johnny.
Shrinkgirl October 28, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I agree Misty. I believe this individual needs to make a phone call now. To the Police, to a minister, to a therapist. Make the call and free yourself. Let someone help you to do the right thing. Your suffering will continue until you make that call.


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