Man Killed in Sayville Multi-car Accident

A female passenger also seriously injured in crash that involved eight vehicles.


Suffolk County detectives are asking anyone who witnessed the multi-car crash in Sayville about 5:30 p.m. Sunday to contact Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552 as the investigation of the accident continues. 

According to police the driver who hit seven cars was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Trailblazer, and after hitting five vehicles then struck a westbound Honda Accord and an eastbound Hyundai Elantra in front of 290 West Main St.

Police said the 82-year-old driver of the Elantra was pronounced dead at the scene and that a female 79-year-old passenger in Elantra is now listed in serious condition at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

The driver of the Accord was not injured in the crash, according to police.

Original Story:

A multi-car crash in Sayville, just east of the 7-Eleven store on Montauk Highway, Sunday evening took the life of one man, seriously injured one woman and left another man with non-life threatening injuries, according to a Newsday report.

The Sayville Fire Department, Community Ambulance and Suffolk Police responded to the accident that was reported by a 911 call. A local fire official told Patch it was one of the worst accidents in Sayville and that the scene resembled a plane crash debris site.

A 46-year-old driver of a SUV reportedly hit five cars about 5:30 p.m. while traveling west on Montauk Highway and then collided with an eastbound car and a westbound vehicle, according to the Newsday report.

The driver of the struck eastbound car was declared dead at the scene and a female passenger in that car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to Newsday. The SUV driver was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Newsday.

According to FIOS 1 report, the man killed was an 83-year-old driver and the woman seriously hurt was a 79-year-old and the SUV driver is currently in police custody.

Patch will update as more information becomes available.

Topher January 14, 2013 at 03:42 AM
As of about an hour ago there was still a car wrapped around a pole in front of the tattoo shop.
Efrain Ramos January 14, 2013 at 06:27 AM
This accident is tragic. Condolences to the family members of those who perished and got severely injured. This news has been on news nationwide. About 20 minutes ago the accident scene remains under investigation. Hopefully justice is served if there was any wrong doing by the SUV driver who caused it.
dee marie January 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM
This is a part of the road where the speed limit is 30 I believe so how could so much damage and death occur without the SUV driver being somewhat out of his/her own mind?
paula link January 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The driver of the SUV, who was driving under the influence of drugs, should be charged with murder and sent to prison for life. He made the decision to get behind the wheel, a deadly weapon, while impaired by drugs. It's murder and he should pay for this crime. Paula


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