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Police ID Driver Killed in Friday Night Crash

Samuel J. Spielberg, a 31-year-old father to a young girl, died in an accident in Amagansett, East Hampton police confirm.

While word spread over the weekend who the victim of the fatal accident on Friday night was, police only officially confirmed the man's on Monday morning.

East Hampton Town police detectives identified Samuel J. Spielberg, a 31-year-old East Hampton man, as the man who died when his sport utility crashed into trees off of Red Dirt Road, bursting into flames on Friday night around 11:30 p.m.

Spielberg was the father of a young daughter, according to friends. His family owns Spielberg's Nursery & Garden Shop in Amagansett.

His family and friends learned of his death on Saturday, but police did not publicly identify Spielberg as the driver until the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office confirmed his identity.

Police will conduct a safety check of the 2002 Toyotoa 4Runner on Monday. There were no other vehicles involved.

Police were called to a vehicle fire, just west of Old Stone Highway, and when responding officers and the Amagansett Fire Department arrived, they found the vehicle was ablaze. After firefighters extinguished the fire, the single occupant was found deceased.

"Preliminary investigation indicates that this vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, left the roadway striking trees and overturning," police said in a statement.

The accident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at (631) 537-7575.

Please join East Hampton Patch in offering our condolences to the Spielberg family. If you have a photograph of Sam Spielberg, please upload it here by clicking "Upload Photos & Video." If you would like to tell us more about him, please leave a comment below or email Taylor.Vecsey@patch.com. Our thoughts are with his family during this very difficult time. 

Kevin Gray February 26, 2013 at 05:41 AM
So sorry Jason....and may God give your family peace through this awful time. Prayers for Sam and your family.
Mary Ellen McGuire February 26, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Sam grew up with my kids and spent a lot of time with our family...first with Fred and then visits with Bianca. Please know that both family and friends will be in our prayers and thoughts. There are no words of condolance ... a daughter lost a dad, a sister lost a brother and parents lost a son...Too overwhelming and too sad. The McGuire family joins in your grief and will continue to pray for everyone Sam touched. We cannot bring him back but we can help those left behind deal with the loss.
Rick Enlightened February 27, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Our condolences to the Spielberg family
Rick Enlightened February 27, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Of course first and foremost condolences to the Spielberg family. But is it just me or maybe because I read the EH Patch, but there sure seems to be a lot of car accidents - and fatal - in the East Hampton and the Hamptons more broadly. Understand the many country roads and two lane roads with no dividers and we do not want to change beautfiul country feel of Hamptons inlcuding such roads - but isn't it about time more focus been done on traffic safety. What are the town supervisors and police depts doing?
nicolas sandoval February 28, 2013 at 02:55 AM
una buena persona, lo voy a extranar, y si yo como amigo me duele, mis condolencias a sus padres, y a su famlia

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