Hampton Bays, NY – Just before 5 PM, Sunday afternoon, August 12, a pick-up truck traveling East on Fanning Avenue, Hampton Bays, blew through a stop sign and sped across Ponquogue Avenue, a busy two-lane road, and drove into the parking lot of the Scott Rothwell Funeral Home. The pickup careened into a tree, the force of which caused the vehicle to slam into the side of a garage belonging to the funeral home.
HamptonBays Fire Department and EMS had to extricate the driver and passenger from the mangled vehicle. The driver was pronounced DOA, while the passenger was rushed in critical condition to Southampton Hospital. Stormy weather made it impossible for the Suffolk County Police to airlift the victim to the nearest Level 1 Trauma Center, in Stony Brook.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation and the names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Video Journalist: Christopher Cyphers