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Cops: Drunken Driver Kills Pedestrian In Hampton Bays Crash

An Aquebogue man has been charged with DWI after hitting a 56-year-old Middle Island woman who was delivering newspapers on Sunday morning.

After police left the scene, this Honda Accord, with damage to its rear driver's side tire and back bumper was left in front of Gator's on Montauk Highay. Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey
After police left the scene, this Honda Accord, with damage to its rear driver's side tire and back bumper was left in front of Gator's on Montauk Highay. Credit: Taylor K. Vecsey
A 56-year-old pedestrian delivering newspapers in Hampton Bays in the early morning hours on Sunday was struck and killed by a drunk driver, according to Southampton Town police.

Detective Sgt. Lisa Costa said Joseph Perez, 31, of Aquebogue, was behind the wheel of a 2001 Ford pickup truck, heading west on Montauk Highway, when he struck Donna Sartori, a Middle Island resident, and two parked cars in the shoulder at 4:24 a.m. The accident occurred just west of Ponquogue Avenue.

His truck hit a parked car, then Sartori, and then her parked vehicle. She was standing near her car when she was struck, Costa said. Exactly where she was standing is still be investigated.

Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene.

Perez was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead with non-life threatening injuries, Costa said.

He is being charged with driving while intoxicated. The charges will likely be elevated.

Southampton Town police, the New York State Police Forensic ID & Collision Reconstruction Unit, and the Hampton Bays Fire Department responded to the scene.

Late Sunday morning, when police had already left the scene, a Honda Accord with minor damage to its rear driver's side was left behind at the accident site, in front of Gator's. Pieces of the other vehicles involved were strewn on the snow-filled sidewalk in front of the Accord, as well as patches of blood.

Asked if Perez has ever been arrested before, Costa said, "Not in regards to DWI."

Southampton Town Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to contact the Southampton Town Detectives at 631-702-2230. or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
jks January 05, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Car is still parked in front of Gators at 3PM. Very sad. hope the guy who hit her gets the book thrown at him.
b January 06, 2014 at 05:49 AM
JKS< Here in the great state of New York, it ,regretably will not occur!.
lisa January 06, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Its really a shame how many of these uneducated, ignorant unremorseful LOSERS that STILL get behind the wheel DRUNK leave devastation in their pathetic wake...totally unharmed with just a few scratches! When the hell are these poor excuses for human beings going to wake up and be responsible for their actions and make the right decision of not getting behind the damn wheel?*! It is sad the way this has become the "norm"... it is beyond epidemic proportions and really needs to be stopped! Bless the poor woman who was only out doing her job! Certainly hope the booze that the driver consumed was worth the life of an innocent human being!
roy January 06, 2014 at 01:22 PM
god bless her soul . i saw the car yesterday and had no clue what the story was behind it .
oonald January 06, 2014 at 01:40 PM
I wish sgt. Costa would have elaborated more one what this scum bag was arrested for in the past. Aggravated unlicensed, illegal immigrant, ect. Please do tell !!!!!!!
Tinesha Y. Lewis January 06, 2014 at 07:24 PM
For one thing, he is not uneducated. He is currently enrolled in college and had dreams of becoming a doctor. He is also a single father, and takes very good care of his son. So instead of calling him names, how about u pray for the family that lost their loved one, his son that hopefully wont get lost in the system, and the young people in the community. I hope peopl look at this, and make the right decision when they drink. It an unfortunate thing that happens way too often and we need to encourage our loved ones not to drink and drive. I wish i was at the nightclub that night so i could have taken his keys and put him in the car with me. He is not a scumbag, he is not an illegal immigrant, he is human and we all make mistakes. He made a very bad decision and the guys he was hanging with should not have let him get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, as Lisa stated above, this has become the 'norm' and we the people need to change that. Yes, he is my friend, but he deserves to be punished.
oonald January 07, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Dear tinesha Donna was also a great person working hard for her family and because of your friend she is dead, screw him!!!!!!!
lisa January 07, 2014 at 07:05 PM
Sorry Tinesha...but I agree with "oonald".. I did not know either party, but one person is gone because of another person's carelessness and ignorance.......Nothing more can be said.
Anthony Williams January 08, 2014 at 10:00 PM
jose is not a scum bag at all ive known him for 18 years him andhis family are great people im not trying to make an exuse for what happend but theres no need for name calling anyways he goes to school takes great care of his son and would do anything for anyone he is a good guy just made a bad decision. prayers to the donna and her family andagain people theres no need for name calling who know maybe one day you might make a mistake. prayer to jose and his family hold your head up bro.
Patchogue Snoop January 13, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Good guy???? Closing bars at 3am and driving drunk and committing murder!!! Yeah, good guy with an obvious criminal record. Is he illegal? If so did he have a criminal record from his country? Did he have a license? He is a scumbag in my book. I am sick of illegals taking over our communities and we know nothing about them. Ten to twenty men in a house, who are they? Are they criminals, sexual predators, did they run from horrible crimes they committed in another country? Tim Bishop your federal rep champions illegals in every way, gives your hard earned tax dollars to them, taking from your family, all to get the Latino vote. His peeps(the huber rich that has invaded the east end and taken over elections by voting at their summer estate address) keep him in office. Ultra liberal that does nothing for the real east enders!! Nothing. His is up for reelection, is under investigation again for campaign money theft and payments to his daughter for pics of him for his taxpayer paid for mailings that are really election campaign ads. Time to get rid of him and elect someone who wants to represent and protect American citizens.

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