A car crash on Sunday on Route 114 in East Hampton claimed the life of a Virginia man – the latest in a string of serious motor vehicle accidents on the East End this summer.
According to East Hampton Town Police Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson, the accident occurred around 12:34 p.m. on Sunday between Daniels Hole Road and South Breeze Road.
East Hampton resident, Brian K. Midgett, Jr., was driving his 1996 Ford pickup truck southbound on Route 114 when police said his vehicle crossed into the northbound lane of traffic colliding with a 2005 Volvo operated by Douglas Foster Schneiderman, 51, of McLean, Virginia.
Schneiderman was pronounced dead at the scene, said police. His wife, Elisabeth Schneiderman, 51 and his 16-year-old daughter were in the vehicle at the time of the accident and were transported to Southampton Hospital by East Hampton Ambulance where police said they were admitted with serious injuries.
Midgett, 20, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center where he was also admitted with serious injuries.
Route 114 was closed to traffic during the investigation of the crash until around 8 p.m. According to Detective Lieutenant Anderson, police have impounded both vehicles for safety checks and an investigation of the accident is ongoing. Detectives at the East Hampton Town Police Department have asked that anyone who witnessed the crash contact police at 537-7575.
The accident is one of several this summer many that have proved fatal or resulted in injuries and lengthy road closures. Last Tuesday, an accident on County Road 39 in Southampton snarled traffic for hours and sent the driver of a 2012 Mercedes Benz to Stony Brook University Medical Hospital via helicopter.
Accidents continued to pile up this week. On Saturday, a three-car accident occurred in Montauk at the intersection of Westlake Drive and Flamingo Road around 4:30 p.m. with just minor injuries reported. Injuries were also reported at an accident Tuesday morning around 7 a.m. in Water Mill at North Sea Mecox Road and Seven Ponds Road.
On Monday, Detective Lieutenant Anderson said the department views this kind of increase in traffic accidents as something that coincides with the increase in the town’s population each summer season.
“The fact that we have had fatalities – there is no rhyme or reason, no Magic 8 Ball to determine why that is happening,” he said. “Sometimes it is a matter of one or two miles per hour or one or two inches that makes an accident one that results in a fatality or an accident with minor injuries. With the volume of people using the roadways increasing, we have to expect there will be an increase in the amount of accidents. There are a lot of people, a lot of runners, a lot of bikes and a lot of cars on the road right now.”