A collision on Main Bayview Road in Southold left one man dead and another woman injured Saturday morning. The accident occurred on Main Bayview near the intersection with Williamsburg Drive. Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said the man, driving a Honda coupe north, left his lane and collided with a southbound SUV driven by the woman. The man died at the scene, and the damage was substantial. The crash occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m.
After the accident the woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center for her injuries. “It took the fire department about an hour and a half to free her from the vehicle,” Mr. Flatley said, according to Suffolk Times. “It was the worst possible scenario as far as damage.” Neither vehicle had any passengers. Police say the investigation is ongoing, and a witness was being interviewed.
One man, a former Hicksville Fire Department volunteer, ran outside when he heard the crash happen nearby. He told The Suffolk Times that it was clear the man had died instantly. “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.’”
The second person on scene was a retired Navy nurse and a former Huntington Fire Department EMT. When she arrived, the first man on scene was shouting 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 on scene noted that several crashes have occurred on the road over the past year. The speed limit is currently 35 mph, but she thinks it should be even lower. “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.”
Later on, it was revealed that the victim was a 31-year-old man from Massapequa.