East Hampton Community Steps Up for Wrong-Way Crash Victims

Jocelyn Tenesaca, a third grade student in Springs, is recovering at home with her mother.

The East Hampton community has come together for the family injured in the wrong-way crash on Sunrise Highway in Westhampton on New Year's Eve.

were all sent to the hospital after their car flipped when they were hit by James Riley, a 60 year old physical therapist from East Hampton. with a .30 blood alcohol level.

The , where Jocelyn is in the third grade, has stepped up to help her family as they recover from their injuries. Superintendent Michael Hartner said Jocelyn’s teacher Joan Branche and the school's social worker, Therese Allam, have visited their home and have been staying in touch with the family.

"Students in Joan Branche’s class wrote individual letters and cards to Jocelyn," Hartner said in an email this week. "Parents and staff donated money  - we gave $500 to Ms. Tenesaca. Many parents are also dropping off food, clothes and are being generous in many different ways."

students also sent messages to Jocelyn, along with hand-made paper airplanes, Hartner said.

Allam also has been in contact with , where the Tenesacas attend services. "The church responded right away and have been very generous, also involving Catholic Charities," he said.

Riley's funeral services were also held at Most Holy Trinity.

Hartner declined to give further details to respect the family's privacy.


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