An accident in Southold, Long Island leaves one man dead and a woman injured. The crash happened Saturday morning around 11:30 a.m. Police say the man, driving a Honda coupe north was on Main Bayview near the intersection with Williamsburg Drive when he left his lane and crashed into a woman driving an SUV southbound. The man died at the scene and the woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center. Police say there was extensive damage to the vehicles.
“It took the fire department about an hour and a half to free her from the vehicle,” said Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley, according to Suffolk Times. “It was the worst possible scenario as far as damage.” There were no passengers in either vehicle. Police say that they are interviewing a witness, and that the investigation is moving forward.
The first person on scene to the accident was a former Hicksville Fire Department volunteer, who ran outside when he heard the crash happen nearby. “I heard the bang and said ‘That’s not good,’” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of accidents in my day, but this was pretty hairy. The woman was talking. She said ‘He just swerved into me … It looked like he lost control of the car.’” He said the man in the Honda appears to have died instantly. Later on, it was revealed that the victim was a 31-year-old man from Massapequa.
Next, a retired Navy nurse and a former Huntington Fire Department EMT arrived on scene. Upon spotting her, the first man on scene shouted for her to call 911. “I got to the first car and the woman was oriented, alert and her airway was good so, sort of triaging the scene, I moved to the second car,” she said. “He looked like he was already almost gone. All I could see was his head and it looked like he was cyanotic. I think it was an instant thing for him.”
The woman said that road has seen several accidents over the past year. She believes that the speed limit, currently 35 mph, should be lowered. “People think that road is straight but it does have a little edge to it,” she said. “If you’re going 55 to 60, that little edge is very unforgiving.”