Pedestrian Struck in Southampton, Sustaining Serious Injuries

Posted on 20 November 2008

An 25-year-old Southampton man sustained serious injuries after being hit by a car on County Road 39 in Southampton near the Burger King at 9:43 p.m. on November 13.

According to Southampton Town Police, their unit responded to the scene of the accident and found a vehicle had struck and injured a pedestrian, who suffered from “major traumatic injuries” as a result of the accident. Southampton Volunteer Ambulance responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Southampton Hospital. Police said the driver of the car, Paukina Loretto Castro Duarte, 27, of Southampton was not injured.

Police said Castro Duarte did not see the man step off the north curb while she was driving westbound on County Road 39 as the man was wearing dark clothing. She was issued a traffic summons for being an unlicensed operator, and her vehicle was impounded for safety inspection. Police said no additional criminal charges have been filed against Castro Duarte, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.

The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending notification of his family, was listed in extremely critical condition at Southampton Hospital as of Friday morning and was transferred to the trauma center at Stony Brook University Hospital for further treatment.

Police are asking any witnesses to the accident contact their detective division at 728-5000.

A fire at a Main Street, Sag Harbor restaurant on Thursday, November 13 resulted in four individuals being transported to Southampton Hospital for chemical inhalation. According to police, the fire, which was extinguished in the kitchen area before police and fire personnel arrived on the scene, is under investigation by the Sag Harbor Fire Marshall. 

Thomas O. Spagnoli, 26, of Central Islip was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, misdemeanor crimes, on Noyac Road in Noyac on Tuesday, November 11. Southampton Town Police said they pulled Spagnoli over and found a small bag with white residue in it that they said he confirmed was Vicodin.

Sag Harbor Village Police and Southampton Town Police reported a number of arrests this week for alleged aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor crime. On Thursday, November 6 Southampton Town Police arrested Paul D. Schwartz, 39, of Sag Harbor on the charge after pulling him over on Route 114 and Fahys Road in North Haven. On Friday, November 7 Southampton Town Police charged John P. Morra, 35, of Mastic Beach for the same crime after they pulled him over at Route 114 and Hawthorne Avenue in North Haven. Michael W. Smith, 53, of Massapequa also is facing an aggravated unlicensed operation charge after Southampton Town Police pulled him over on Lower Seven Ponds Road in Water Mill on Sunday, November 9 and discovered his license was suspended. Also in Water Mill, on Friday, November 14 Damien J.J. Avery, 18, of Shirley was arrested for the offense after police responded to a motor vehicle accident he was involved in and found his license was suspended for failure to pay summonses on five separate dates. All men were released on traffic tickets.

In Sag Harbor, village police arrested Jakob Robert Slowey-Nilsen, 28, of Sag Harbor for alleged aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle on Tuesday, November 11 after police pulled him over on Division Street and found his license was suspended. The same day, village police picked by Drew M. Meyer, 31, of Hampton Bays on the same charge after pulling him over on Rector Street. On Saturday, November 15 Sag Harbor Village Police charged Matthew Charles Miller, 53, of Sag Harbor with the same crime after police pulled him over on Main Street. Miller was also charged with operation while registration is suspended, another misdemeanor crime. All were released on traffic tickets.

Sag Harbor Village Police were called to a residence near Shaw Road in Sag Harbor on Monday, November 17 after a woman called 911 reporting her mother was being thrown around the kitchen area by an ex-boyfriend. Police said the woman asked the man to leave the residence and after a verbal dispute he allegedly pushed her to the ground, then left the home. After conducting a search of the area police found and arrested Robert Scott Arbogast, 45, of Sag Harbor on charges of harassment in the second degree, a violation. He was released on his own recognizance from Southampton Town Justice Court.

Southampton Town Police brought Justin Thomas Bennett, 30, of North Sea into Sag Harbor Village Police on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Bennett was transported to Southampton Town Justice Court for arraignment and released on $200 towards owed fines and $50 cash bail.

Nine thousand dollars in wood flooring was taken from a Ruggs Path, Noyac construction site, according to a report filed with Southampton Town Police on Friday, November 15.

A $1,500 camera, flash and lens was reported stolen from a Main Street, Sag Harbor restaurant in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 16. According to police, the victim had been taking photos at a birthday party at the restaurant, and laid his camera down on a bar, discovering later it was gone.

A Scholastic Books truck spilled diesel fuel in the parking lot of the Sag Harbor Elementary School, according to a report filed with Sag Harbor Village Police on Friday, November 14.

On Tuesday, November 11 Southampton Town Police received a call from a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton  business owner who said she discovered numerous tags stuffed in between the cushions in a fitting room – tags she believes go with 773.75 worth of missing panties and bras.

Several hit and runs were reported in Sag Harbor this week, and one was reported in Bridgehampton. On Wednesday, November 12 a car was sideswiped while parked overnight in front of a Jermain Avenue, Sag Harbor residence. On November 13, Sag Harbor Village Police received a report that the driver’s side of a car was damaged in a hit and run in a Long Island Avenue parking lot. On November 14, a Manhattan man called Southampton Town Police to report that a dark SUV struck his Honda Accord while it was parked in a Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton parking lot. Lastly, on Sunday, November 16, a Hampton Street, Sag Harbor resident reported that someone drove a vehicle into her fence and a tree on her property.

A $475 dollar wooden, antique telescope was taken from a Division Street, Sag Harbor business, according to a report filed with village police on Wednesday, November 12.

On Wednesday, November 12, a Sag Harbor resident reported that his post office box lock was blocked with a foreign substance. He believes his soon-to-be ex-wife may be the culprit.

A Division Street, Sag Harbor resident called village police on Thursday, November 13 to report that someone kicked in a section of his fence, damaging a couple of pickets. 

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