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Health Condition Likely at Play in Sag Harbor Post Office Accident

Posted on 21 November 2012

By Kathryn G. Menu; Photography by Michael Heller

A woman who drove her car into the side of the Sag Harbor Post Office last Thursday around lunchtime was likely suffering a medical episode that caused the crash, according to Sag Harbor Village Police.

On Thursday, November 15 just before11:40 a.m. E.M. Lewis-Johnson, 50, of Sag Harbor, was parked in the post office parking lot on Long Island Avenue in a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. In the accident report, a witness recalls hearing the driver rev her engine before putting the car in drive. However, instead of driving in reverse, according to police, the SUV jumped the curb, slamming into the post office and causing severe damage to the brick wall.

Lewis-Johnson was alone in the vehicle and lost consciousness. According to Sag Harbor Village Police, after regaining consciousness, she was airlifted from Havens Beach to Stony Brook University Medical Center. Police believe she may have had a heart attack, seizure or stroke, leading to the accident.

Criminal charges are not expected to be filed as a result of the incident. As of Tuesday, the hole in the post office building was covered with plywood and cordoned off for the safety of patrons, although as the building was deemed structurally sound by an engineer last Thursday, business returned to normal by last Thursday afternoon.

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