UPDATE: Wrong-Way Driver Caused Fatal Crash

New York State police say a man driving the wrong-way on Sunrise Highway died on Saturday night.

A man who drove his car the wrong way on Sunrise Highway near Exit 63 on Saturday evening around 7:15 p.m. has died, according to New York State Police Trooper Charles Witszck.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, drove his Oldsmobile into a Suzuki Grand Vitara head-on in the eastbound lane of Sunrise Highway, said Witczak.

All three passengers of the Grand Vitara were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital. Two were transported by helicopter and one by ambulance.

The extend of their injuries is unknown, Witczak said.

Westhampton Beach Fire Chief Al Tudisco said the male passenger of the Grand Vitara, which flipped, had to be extricated from the car. The other passengers of the car were a young girl and a woman, he said.

Sunrise Highway near Exit 63 was closed to traffic for two hours after the accident.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department and the East Quogue Fire Department responded as did Southampton Town and New York State police.

UPDATE: Those who were involved in the crash have all been identified as East Hampton residents. Click here to read more.

Joe King January 01, 2012 at 07:03 AM
He had to have been driving from Quogue, or veered from the westbound lane.....
Deborah G Flynn January 01, 2012 at 12:07 PM
the smart thing is to not go out on New Years eve. Someone ALWAYS drives drunk and you are simply tempting the hands of fate to go out there
Jude Lyons January 01, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I dont think New Years has much to do with it especially at 7 30 PM but you are certainly right...a lot of amateurs out there on that night. I dont know how anyone will be able to tell but IF he didnt veer and IF he did get on the highway the wrong way, the highway department needs to begin to look at this. Too many of them...I was in Connecticut a couple of weeks ago and there was a sign to get on the express way that was so confusing, if I hadnt had a red light, I would have gotten on the wrong way...and this was bright day time......
justbreath January 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Westhampton's roundabout has a street that has no signs that it is a one way into the roundabout, I had to back up from that. Can see an accident there anytime now. And let's not jump to conclusion of the wrong way driver being drunk. Look what happened to the young man in June who lost control of his vehicle and his passenger died. They even arrested him in the hospital for DWI. Guess what? HE HAD NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL IN HIS SYSTEM!!!
Carol Combes January 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
You think you are safe from those who indulde in alcohol at 7:30 p.m. Let me tell you about the people who go to lunch and have a drink or two or more and go out on the roads in thr afternoon. Time has no justification on the roads of today or yesterdays. Carol Combes
Donna Corr Copenhaver January 02, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Approx 6:45 pm New Years Eve/last night my 10-yr old son and I were returning from shopping in Riverhead and got onto Sunrise Hwy westbound at exit 61 (Cty Rd 51). It was dark at this point and all of the sudden cars in front of me started swerving to avoid this wrong-way driver coming at us. It happened so fast but believe the driver may have crossed over the median at that point from the eastbound lane because it almost looked like his car was coming off the median heading toward us going very fast. I could not believe this was actually happening and literally cut the wheel to avoid him hitting us head on and thankfully there was noone on the side of me, this driver did not go in the same direction that I cut over and we did not lose control of our car. My son was hysterical at this point and I was telling him to dial 911 for me. I immediately made a 911 report to the Sheriff and they said they were sending someone out right away to investigate. It took me at least 1/2 hour to calm my son down and he was scared to drive anywhere else after that. I found out today that this driver hit another car miles down the road and my thoughts and prayers go out to this family as it was almost us. I have to say that I came home and hugged my family and definitely feel that someone was watching over us. I drive this way home everyday from work and now am looking at this road in a different light. I would like updates on this accident to know why this driver did this.
Charlie Ruggles January 02, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I was driving westbound near exit 59 he came extremely close to me at speeds over 100 miles an hour


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