State Police: New Year's Wrong-Way Driver Intoxicated

State police say James Riley had over three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

Preliminary reports indicate that East Hampton resident James Riley, 60, had over three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he drove the wrong way on Sunrise Highway near exit 63 in Westhampton and crashed his 1996 Oldsmobile into a 2000 Suzuki, carrying a family of three.

State Investigator Steven Collins said, Riley's toxicology report showed that Riley, who died in the crash, had a .30 bac.

"He was over three times over the legal limit," said Collins.

The crash, which occurred on New Year's Eve, all to the hospital after their car flipped from the impact.

The had to extricate Bunay from the car and the roadway was shut down for hours.

Other drivers on the road that night said they had to swerve to avoid Riley.

said she was driving with her 10-year-old son Friday night on Sunrise Highway westbound at exit 61 when she spotted cars swerving in front of her. She soon realized a car was coming right at her. Another driver, , said he did not need to swerve, but it seemed like the car came at him at more than 100 miles per hour near exit 59.

Pamela Schenck January 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
This was a very sad situation and still is a very sad story. My heart goes out to those involved in the accident and I hope they will all recover and be well. My heart also goes out to the family of J. Reilly as this has been a very difficult time for them as well. Mr. Reilly was a well respected physical therapist and a loving husband and father of three children. Something must have been terribly wrong for him to do this.


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