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Aug 21, 2016 5:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Westhampton Woman Dies From Injuries In Sunday's LIE Crash

Aug 22, 2016 5:11 PM

UPDATE: Monday, 4:30 p.m.

Helen Adelson of Westhampton died Monday afternoon of injuries suffered in the crash, according to Rabbi Marc Schneier, of The Hampton Synagogue.

Ms. Adelson and her husband, Isidore, who died from his injuries in the crash on Sunday night, were headed to a congregational wedding that day in Rockleigh, New Jersey.

“They were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Rabbi Schneier said, noting that the couple had attended his synagogue for the past 20 years. “There is an outpouring of grief and emotion and an aching sense of emptiness. A profound sadness.”

A joint funeral will be held for the Adelsons on Wednesday, August 24, at 11 a.m. at The Hampton Synagogue on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach. Interment will be at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon. A shiva will follow.

UPDATE: Sunday, 11 p.m.

Suffolk County Police say that a Westhampton man was among the five people killed in Sunday morning’s car accident on the LIE that shut down the highway for most of the day.

Isidore Adelson, 81, died on Sunday evening of injuries suffered in the crash.

His wife, Helen, is in critical condition at Southside Hospital, police said.

Two other Westhampton residents, Marvin Tenzer and Sandra Tenzer, were also injured in the crash, though their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Mr. Tenzer was driving the vehicle all four Westhampton residents were riding in. They were traveling westbound on the LIE near Exit 68 when an eastbound car apparently went out of control, careened across the highway median and flew airborne into the westbound lanes, striking their car as well as one carrying Scott Martella, an aide to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, and his fiance. Mr. Martella and three occupants of the other vehicle were also killed.

UPDATE: Sunday, 8:30 p.m.

Christopher Pinales, 10, of Hicksville was pronounced dead at the hospital Sunday night due to his injuries from the accident, according to Suffolk police.

Christopher was in the car with his father, Carmello Pinales, who crossed over the median on the Long Island Expressway and struck two cars.

UPDATE: Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Suffolk County Police identified the victims in a fatal accident on the Long Island Expressway in Manorville Sunday morning.

Carmelo Pinales, 26, of Hicksville lost control of his gray Subaru Outback while driving eastbound on the Long Island Expressway and crossed the median. His car went airborne and struck two vehicles, a BMW and a Honda, that were traveling westbound near Exit 68 at approximately 9:35 a.m.

Mr. Pinales and his sister, Patricia Pinales, 27, of Westbury were pronounced dead at the scene by a physician’s assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, according to a press release. Mr. Pinales’ 10-year-old son, Christopher Pinales, also from Hicksville, was transported in critical condition to Stony Brook University Hospital via Suffolk County Police helicopter. Ms. Pinales’ three-year-old daughter, also of Westbury, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Scott Martella, 29, of Northport, who was driving a 2014 Honda, was also pronounced dead at the scene by a physician’s assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. His fiancée, Shelbi Thurau, 29, of Northport, was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Winnifer Garcia, 21, of Hempstead, was also treated for non-lifethreatening injuries at a local hospital.

Marvin Tenzer, 73, the driver of the 2016 BMW, and his three passengers, Sandra Tenzer, 69, Helen Adelson, and Isidore Adelson, 81, all of Westhampton, were transported to local hospitals where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are investigating reports that the driver of the Subaru was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Govenor Andrew Cuomo expressed his condolences for those killed in the crash, including Mr. Martella, who was employed as a county spokesperson.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those lost in the accident that occurred on Sunday morning on the Long Island Expressway,” Mr. Cuomo said. “While we are still learning more, at least three souls were killed and eight more injured in this terrible tragedy.

“I personally knew Scott Martella, who was among those killed in the crash, as he served in my administration for more than four years. Scott was a dedicated, beloved public servant who worked day in and day out to improve the lives of his fellow New Yorkers. Scott was always full of big ideas to help solve the toughest challenges of the day, and he was deeply respected for his strong work ethic, candor and fighting spirit. Long Island is a better place today because of his service and dedication to the community.”

The Long Island Expressway was reopened at about 5:45 p.m.


A fatal accident on the Long Island Expressway Sunday morning is causing delays for drivers leaving and entering the Hamptons.

Three people were killed in the crash, according to Suffolk County Police. No additional information was immediately available.

The expressway has been closed in both directions at Exit 68 for several hours and is causing traffic to back up on Sunrise Highway.

Suffolk County Police say it is unclear when the expressway will reopen.

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This is such sad news!! My thoughts and prayers are with the families !
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Aug 22, 16 8:47 AM
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As soon as I saw the aerial of the accident site, I knew those "humps" had to play a part in this. Taking them at 55 mph is scary. If (and we don't know this yet for sure) someone was driving much faster than that, it's no wonder the car went out of control.
By Liman (30), Montauk on Aug 22, 16 9:19 AM
Agree about those humps! I have to drive over them 4-6 times per week and always slow way down.

Terribly sad for all involved. My thoughts are with the families and survivors.
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Aug 22, 16 9:42 AM
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yes I agree the pumbs are very dangerous and if they remain something other then a low key bump sign must be installed.I hope we get more info on this.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Aug 22, 16 9:57 AM
OMG I was so shocked with the news yesterday…I met Scott when he working for Brian Foley…..saw him again when he was working for Andrew Cuomo…this is such a sad news …RIP I HOPE the County does something about those BUMPS
By Mate (55), Southampton on Aug 22, 16 4:47 PM
By btdt (449), water mill on Aug 22, 16 5:46 PM
This is another deadly crash where road repairs had a factor on the LIE in the same area. A few years back, a tractor trailer ran through stopped traffic in a construction zone killing a woman in a car. I drove through that zone minutes earlier and knew this was an accident waiting to happen. The State DOT does not take into account the actions of drivers. They just put up construction zones and humps in the road with no regard to terrain or driver reaction time. In the truck accident, the rise ...more
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Aug 22, 16 10:20 PM
The daily Tuesday article provides many details.
An horrific crash.
Condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 23, 16 5:17 AM
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Horrific ! A child died in this accident . Im slightly troubled that the media seems to be focused mostly on Bellones Aide.

I read elsewhere that a family member of those 3 who lost their lives is desperately seeking financial help for the funeral expenses .

Again, my thoughts an prayers are with the families.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Aug 23, 16 9:08 AM

The same exact location of the 35 car pile up resulting in the death of a woman.
Same contributing factors. Construction and limited vision. The DOT or its contractors don't take into consideration the restricted view and limited reaction time of drivers, even at 55 mph, when putting up construction zones. If a construction zone impacts traffic back to an incline, warning signs should be posted ...more
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Aug 24, 16 9:11 AM