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Sag Harbor Man Pleads Guilty to July DWI Accident on Route 114

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By Tessa Raebeck

A Sag Harbor man pled guilty Tuesday to charges that while driving drunk last July, he caused a collision that seriously injured a six-year-old boy, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said in a press release.

William Hurley, 60, of Sag Harbor pled guilty to the seven-count indictment at a court conference in Central Islip. He was charged with two counts of vehicular assault in the second degree, assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree, two counts of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and reckless driving, according to the release issued by District Attorney Thomas Spota.

The charges maintain that while driving drunk on Route 114 in East Hampton Town last July 6, Hurley caused a head-on collision that left a six-year-old boy seriously injured and his mother hospitalized. Hurley was reportedly driving his Toyota pickup truck northbound at around 6:15 p.m. when he crossed the double yellow line and swerved into oncoming traffic where he collided head-on with a southbound BMW driven by Elizabeth Krimendahl, 53, of New York City, according to East Hampton Town Police. His blood alcohol content was .14; the legal limit is .08.

Krimendahl suffered a leg injury in the crash and was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital. Her young son, Thaddeus, was in a car seat in the backseat and was seriously injured and hospitalized with a skull injury.

Hurley, the owner of Peconic Beverage East on Pantigo Place in East Hampton, was taken to Southampton Hospital and then transferred to Stony Brook at the time of the crash.

The cars collided in an area of Route 114 that is one of the road’s rare straight stretches. According to police, Hurley’s vehicle struck Krimendahl’s close to the double yellow line and both cars ricocheted off one another to opposite sides of the road. The truck rolled over before stopping and the front of the BMW, a four-door sedan, was crushed.

“The defendant,” said District Attorney Spota, “who was driving all over the highway crossing over the double yellow line several times prior to the crash, told East Hampton Town police officers that he was tired, and admitted at the scene that he consumed two drinks made of vodka and grapefruit juice, drinks that he described as ‘strong ones.’”

Hurley, who was described by police as having “glassy, bloodshot eyes,” and smelling of alcohol at the scene, said he thought he had fallen asleep at the wheel, according to Spota.

Following Hurley’s plea of guilty, State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho made a sentencing promise to sentence him to two years’ incarceration and two years of post-release supervision.

Southampton Supervisor Faces DWI Charges

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Despite being arrested in the early morning hours of Labor Day, Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot was back to business at a Tuesday board meeting in town hall. A News Channel 12 cameraman was noticably standing on the sidelines in the hopes of getting an on-air qoute from Kabot, who was charged with driving while intoxicated on Monday. However, Kabot didn’t break from her formal exterior and not a word was spoken by members of the public nor the town board about the incident.
In a statement released earlier in the week, Kabot said: “I am addressing this personal matter with my attorney through the appropriate legal channels. Please respect my privacy. Let the process run its course. I will not only have to vigorously defend against these charges in court, but also now must continue to defend my character and credibility as a public official.”
According to reports from Westhampton Beach Village Police, Kabot, 41, was seen crossing the double yellow line prior to making a left hand turn onto Main Street in Westhampton in her 2006 Gray Toyota on Monday, September 7, at around 12:25 a.m. Upon an interview, Kabot’s eyes were allegedly red and glassy and police claim her breath smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. Police say Kabot failed all standard field sobriety tests, refused to sumbit to a pre-screen breath test and also refused an intoxilyzer test to determine her blood alcohol content.
John Penrose, 38, of Westhampton was arrested at the same location at around 12:29 a.m. for disorderly conduct, a violation, for interfering in a DWI investigation. Detective Edwin Hamor, however, couldn’t substantiate if Penrose was directly interfering with Kabot’s arrest.
Kabot was transferred to the Quogue Village Police Department because the Westhampton Beach Village Police Department doesn’t have holding cells. That morning, on Monday, Kabot was escorted to her arraignment at the Westhampton Beach Village Justice Court at around 9:10 a.m. Judge Robert Kelly, Jr., presided over the proceedings. During the arraignment, Kabot’s license was suspended but she entered a plea of not guilty to the DWI charges. Kabot is expected to appear next in court on Wednesday, September 30, at 1 p.m.
Kabot’s lawyer, James McManmon of Riverhead, declined to answer questions and said, “The matter is still under investigation and I am not going to make any statements to the press. That is my policy in this matter.”
Kabot is a born and bred Southampton Town resident, who graduated from Westhampton Beach Schools. After attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she returned home to the East End to try her hand in public service, a field she has worked in for the last 13 years. Kabot first served as the executive assistant to former town supervisor Vincent Cannuscio for six years before being elected to the town board. Kabot was a town councilwoman for the following six years.
In 2007, she hit the campaign trail going toe to toe with former town supervisor Patrick “Skip” Heaney, but by September of that year Kabot secured the Republican Party nomination for supervisor and by November she had won the four-way race. Kabot was sworn into office in January of 2008, becoming the first Republican female supervisor in Southampton Town history and was the first woman to nab the position in over two decades.
Kabot boasts an illustrious resume, but the last year of her career has been a bumpy ride for the supervisor. Ealier in 2009, the town discovered several years worth of substantial accounting errors and faced serious budgetary issues as a result of the recession. This November, Kabot is seeking re-election to her post. She failed to receive backing from the Integrity Party and the Southampton Town Conservative Committee, but is on the Republican line. She and is being challenged by current councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst.