Update: Sag Harbor Trustee Robby Stein Readies to Leave Hospital After Sunday Bicycle Accident

Posted on 12 September 2012

Sag Harbor Village Trustee Dr. Robby Stein remained in Stony Brook University Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon after a Sunday bicycle accident left Stein with two fractured vertebrae, a concussion, broken nose, lacerations to his face and head and a shoulder injury.

However, despite his injuries on Tuesday afternoon Dr. Stein said he is recovering, has not lost his mobility and after physical therapy and rest expects to make a full recovery.

Dr. Stein said he was in conversations with his doctors about rehabilitation options and was unsure when he would be discharged from Stony Brook University Medical Center but hoped it would happen some time on Tuesday.

According to Sag Harbor Village Police, around 1:30 p.m. Sunday police received a report from a passing motorist who said they found Dr. Stein injured on Suffolk Street Extension. What exactly happened remains unclear as Dr. Stein was alone at the time of the accident. He cannot remember what occurred and there are no witnesses, but according to police he may have flipped over the handlebars of his bicycle and skidded across the roadway.

On Tuesday, Dr. Stein said that may have in fact been the case, although he has some recollection of an earlier accident on Oakland Avenue where he was hit by something, but recovered and biked on. Dr. Stein noted given his lack of memory of the whole experience, that may or may not have actually happened.

According to Dr. Stein, he could not even remember the helicopter ride to Stony Brook.

When police arrived, along with the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, they found Dr. Stein, bleeding on the side of the road with a large laceration on the front of his face. He was not wearing a helmet, said police.

Dr. Stein was airlifted by Suffolk County Police Medevac from Havens Beach, according to Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride, and transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center where he has remained since.

“Our thoughts are with Robby and his family, and he is doing okay,” said Mayor Gilbride on Sunday night. “He took a hard shot, but this is a guy who is in great shape. All of us on the village board are wishing him well and we know he a strong guy and will be back in no time.”

During Monday night’s Harbor Committee meeting, that board wished Stein the best after board member Jeff Peters informed the board of Stein’s condition.

“I just wish from this board a speedy recovery for Trustee Stein,” said Peters.

On Tuesday, speaking from his hospital bed with wife Alex McNear by his side, Dr. Stein said he has received stitches for a laceration on his face and that doctors had discovered the two spinal fractures, but that in time with rehabilitation and rest he is expected to heal.

“It’s totally ruined my ability to do the Macarena,” he joked.

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5 Responses to “Update: Sag Harbor Trustee Robby Stein Readies to Leave Hospital After Sunday Bicycle Accident”

  1. Barry Holden says:

    Our thoughts are with you. We hope you fully recover.
    Barry and Nina

  2. Tracy Mitchell says:

    Dear Robbie and Alex,
    We’re sending you all our love and support. Robbie, if you wanted to get out of the next board meeting, you could have just said so!!
    Seriously, feel better and we hope to see you up and about soon.
    Your Bay Street Family

  3. Stephen Gonsalves says:

    Hope you feel better and can continue your ‘Meetings with Remarkable Men’ journey. I think I once warned you about bicycles.

  4. Rue says:

    Robbie, I heard about this and I’m so sorry this happened! We’re thinking of you and want you well and back in Sag Harbor as soon as possible!

    Best from Rue, Steve and Emmett

  5. Robin says:


    Eric told me about what happened to you and I am so happy you are ok! I know you are in the best of care and I’m hoping you are back on your feet as soon as possible,

    Warm regards,

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