Disabled Motorist Killed, Another Person Injured in Eastport Hit-and-Run

A 27-year-old Eastport woman and her 26-year-old companion were hit on the side of Montauk Highway on Saturday just after 9 p.m., police say.

A map of the area near where the accident occurred on Saturday night.
A map of the area near where the accident occurred on Saturday night.

A woman was killed and a man was injured during a hit-and-run accident in Eastport on Saturday night.

Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Vehicular Crime Unit are investigating the crash that occurred on Montauk Highway, near Old Montauk Highway, at about 9:05 p.m.

Erika Strebel and her companion Edward Barton were standing near Strebel’s disabled 1988 Jeep on the shoulder of the eastbound lane when they were struck by a vehicle that was travelling east on Montauk Highway, according to police.

The vehicle, which police said would have sustained front end damage, fled east on Montauk Highway. According to a police spokeswoman, the vehicle that hit them was believed to be large, like a sport utility vehicle or a pickup truck, and possibly metallic blue.

Strebel, a 27-year-old who lived in Eastport, was taken by East Moriches Ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead where she was pronounced dead. Barton, 26, of East Moriches, was transported by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital where he is being treated for head and knee injuries, according to police.

Detectives have asked that anyone with information about the accident call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Victoria Kingwell November 03, 2013 at 01:45 PM
RIP Erika.
Taylor K. Vecsey November 03, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I've replaced it.
Tom November 03, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Just curious, the aerial view show Montauk Highway just West of Eastport while the opening photo was taken on Montauk Highway in Westhampton looking towards Speonk; which picture depicts the accident scene?
Taylor K. Vecsey November 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Tom, there was a mixup. I believe the picture above is correct.


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