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Jun 27, 2011 9:07 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hours After Graduation, Quiogue Teen Killed In Single-Car Accident; Driver Charged With DWI

Jun 29, 2011 10:58 AM

An 18-year-old who graduated from Westhampton Beach High School this weekend was killed in a car accident on Sunday night when his 17-year-old friend—who was charged with DWI—lost control of his car, smashing it into a parked BMW in East Quogue.

Cameron Nicholls of Quiogue—who sources said did not attend Sunday afternoon’s graduation ceremony at the high school—was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Lewis Road in East Quogue, according to Southampton Town Police.

“It is a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts are with the families during this difficult time,” said Michael Radday, assistant superintendent for personnel and instruction at the Westhampton Beach School District. “Counselors are available at our high school, even though school is closed.”

Police said the car’s driver, Taylor Geib, 17, of East Quogue, was traveling south on Lewis Road, near the intersection of Mitchell Place, at about 11:15 p.m. when he apparently lost control of his 2007 Honda Accord, veered into the northbound lane before returning to his lane, and continued onto a front lawn before overturning and colliding with a 2006 BMW that was parked in the driveway of a nearby home.

Police said Mr. Nicholls was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed by the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office.

Both Mr. Geib and Mr. Nicholls had to be extracted from the car by members of the East Quogue Fire Department, police said. They were the only people in the car.

Mr. Geib was transported via ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he was treated for undisclosed injuries and arrested. He was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and also issued summonses for traveling at an unsafe speed and failing to maintain his lane, police said.

Authorities said they do now know how fast Mr. Geib was traveling when he lost control of his car, although they did say that the preliminary investigation indicated that “excessive speed and alcohol contributed to this accident.”

Mr. Geib was released after being issued a field appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court on July 20 at 1 p.m., when, police said, additional charges are expected to be filed. His court date is contingent upon his condition, officers noted. He was still in the hospital as of Tuesday, according to police.

Officers impounded the Honda for a routine safety check, and police and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office are continuing the investigation.

Though police have not released information as to where Mr. Nicholls was before getting in the car with Mr. Geib, friends said that Mr. Nicholls was picked up at the Village Green in East Quogue following an argument with a former girlfriend. Friends also said that although Mr. Nicholls and Mr. Geib knew each other, they were not close friends. Mr. Nicholls was drinking on the night of his death and therefore sought out a designated driver, they said.

East Quogue Fire Department Chief Gregory Celi Jr. issued a statement by email on Monday morning: “The tragic event that occurred last night leaves two families and dozens of friends in shock and loss. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family members of the young man who lost his life in the accident. Due to the nature of this incident and respect for the family, specific details regarding this incident are being withheld at this time.”

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Southampton Town Police detectives at 702-2230, the department’s news tip hotline at 728-3454 or send an email to crimetips@southamptontownny.gov.

Visitation for Mr. Nicholls will be held at the Follett and Werner Funeral Home on Mill Road in Westhampton Beach on Thursday, June 30, from 2 to 9 p.m. There will be no services and cremation will be private.

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This is just so sad, Thoughts and prayers to the family.
By SS&BMOMMY (5), East Quogue on Jun 27, 11 9:23 AM
This is so sad and horrible. They are good boys. This did not deserve to happen to either one of them. My wishes and prayers go out to all families involved.
By Jessica713 (20), Easy Quogue on Jun 27, 11 10:23 AM
My condolences and prayers to the family...such a tragedy on what should have been one of the best days of each of their lives.
By Mktngdoc (2), East Quogue on Jun 27, 11 11:43 AM
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Yes, very sad and this tragedy could have been prevented if only the PARENTS had more involvement and responsibility in where and what their kids are doing! The investigation into the circumstances that lead up to the DWI accident had only just begun, I'm sure that whatever graduation parties that these two boys had attended that evening, will find if alcohol was being served or available to 17 and 18 yr. old kids. Those PARENTS who hosted parties could be held liable. Again, PARENT responsibility...YOU ...more
By Jaws (245), East Quogue on Jun 27, 11 1:09 PM
JAWS~ Don't place blame until you know all the facts. Were you there? Were you at this party?? How do you even know it was at a party? One could assume it was a party, but for goodness sake one person is dead, another one had his life changed forever and countless family and friends will never be the same. A tradgedy happened less than 24 hours ago and you are already pointing the finger. Let all the information come out and let the families grieve in peace without your drama adding to it. Leave ...more
By honeylamb (71), East Quogue on Jun 27, 11 1:58 PM
Drinking and Driving is just unjustifiable in this day and age...with the knowledge and resources out there, I would hope that we'd all be teaching our kids NOT to drive a car after drinking, or get in a car after the driver was drinking. (Because let's face it, many of them WILL drink if given the opportunity).

But right now, after losing a TEENAGER who had just graduated from high school. Having another TEENAGER whose life will NEVER be the same (and I am not just talking about legal ...more
By EQMama (29), East Quogue on Jun 27, 11 2:28 PM
...and our young sons and daughters wonder why we always watch over them so closely.
By michael daly (12), Sag Harbor on Jun 27, 11 2:44 PM
I agree both sets of parents need our prayers. I'm sure they were at a party that allowed under age drinking. This is a problem in our community Parents want to appear cool. There allowing them to drink in there houses at13 years old and up. Its now time the town of Southampton starts arresting those parents that allows drinking in there homes.
By butterflyfree (6), hampton bays on Jun 27, 11 3:35 PM
So sad. I pray for the families involved. I will have my own kids read this story and have a heart to heart with them about drinking and driving, speeding, texting...
By baywave (22), Westhampton Beach on Jun 27, 11 4:40 PM
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I believe the paper has it wrong though. Cameron Nicholls did not graduate with his class. He has not been a student of Westhampton Beach for a little while now. My point is that the paper likes to add more drama b4 getting all
the facts.
My family will miss you Cameron Nicholls.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jun 27, 11 7:22 PM
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According to the graduation brochure Cameron did graduate and was attending college.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jun 28, 11 7:28 AM
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By Miss K. (103), East Quogue on Jun 27, 11 8:27 PM
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Don't hate on Jaws he is probably the only one that has any sense here, yes let the family have some time to grieve and remember.... but still, that night I rushed to the scene about 3-4 minutes after it happened. I heard it and witnessed the rescue teams extract the teens out of the vehicle. Having connections with the EQFD there was an empty bottle of vodka in the back seat. Having known Cameron he was coming back from a graduation party to meet up with some friends and his girl friend who were ...more
By Falcor Trollocks (1), East Quogue on Jun 27, 11 9:37 PM
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After everything is done the parents should go after the parents that hosted the graduation parties. Alot of theses parties parents don't think anything of so there drinking there celebrating I'll buy a keg and some hard alcohol for them or better yet bring your own and you could get wasted at my house. Living in a small town everyone knows who allows it and who don't. They just don't understand that you don't need to drink to have a good time. In some cases this is all they know!!!!!! This accident ...more
By butterflyfree (6), hampton bays on Jun 28, 11 8:01 AM
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Yes, the graduation brochure had Camerons name in it, that is true. But he was not part of the ceremony and he was not a student during the latter part of the year. Im just saying the first sentence of the article is a little misleading.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Jun 28, 11 8:14 AM
We did not learn until last night that Cameron did not attend Sunday's graduation ceremony. The article was updated this morning to reflect that. We apologize for the error.
By Frank Costanza (19), Westhampton Beach on Jun 28, 11 9:20 AM
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It is understandable that you wouldn't know. In the end, it really doesn't matter. Such a terribly sad event.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jun 28, 11 11:26 AM
Very sad. My condolences to Cameron's family.
I have to agree with JAWS however. There are partys every night it seems, and I know there is drinking going on. They take turns being the designated driver, alas Cameron made a foolish mistake. I understand they were just going a few blocks, from one party to another, so what could happen, right?
I have a zero tolerance underage drinking policy at my address. It is tough to be in this minority sometimes. I wish more parents would adapt ...more
By Radman537 (1), East Moriches on Jun 28, 11 10:34 AM
The fact remains that a 17 year old kid is dead due to drinking and driving. You hear about this every year right about this time. It is horribly sad. You can try to point fingers, blame others, but the end result is the same. I send my deepest condolances and sympathy to his family and friends. What a tragic loss.
By Wilma (2), Hampton Bays on Jun 28, 11 11:24 AM
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My thoughts and prayers go to Cameron's family and friends. My thoughts also go to Taylor Geib and his family. A devastating tragedy from all sides.

Please be careful. No one is invincible, not high school graduates or stuffy politicians.

We only get one life.

By bchgrl83 (52), Westhampton Beach on Jun 28, 11 1:13 PM
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My prayers go out to both families. Now for the rest of us, as summer approaches we should all take a good look in the mirror. There are probably a number of us out there who have had a few and driven. Some of us have gotten arrested. Some people have actually said that the Cops have nothing better to do then arrest drunk drivers. This is a tragedy.. Lets all learn from this. One drink is too many to drive. We all have a responsibility to ourselves and our families and to the other people ...more
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on Jun 28, 11 5:20 PM
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I tell my kids that no matter where they are and no matter the time, I will come get you if you are too drunk to drive or with someone that is too drunk to drive. What more can you do?
This story breaks my heart. Condolences to the Nicholls family.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jun 28, 11 8:23 PM
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Too drunk to drive ? You shouldn't be driving if you've had anything to drink , never mind being too drunk.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jul 3, 11 2:37 PM
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I'm fairly certain you understood my point. Of course they shouldn't be drinking at all.
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jul 4, 11 9:34 PM
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First off, you should be lecturing your kids (if under 21) that it's unlawful to drink. Secondly, if your kids (if under 21) are out drinking and get drunk, do you really think they will call you to let you know?? Just saying...
By Jaws (245), East Quogue on Jul 6, 11 1:43 AM
And you think that would work? Did you follow all of your parent's rules and abide by the law when you were 16 or 17? In a perfect world kids wouldn't be drinking, nor would they be having sex, nor would they be getting into any kind of trouble. If you want to believe that kids will do as you request then I suggest that you are ignoring reality. I agree with Privateer in that there should be zero alcohol consumed if you are driving a car. Nothing would please me more if my kids choose not to drink ...more
By double standard (1506), Remsenburg on Jul 6, 11 2:16 PM
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A huge upset in our community.
Minors are easily accessing alcohol. As parents, we need to find out how and who is suppling them. If we don't, we'll continue to see these tragedies.
Prayers go out to the families.
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), East Quogue on Jun 29, 11 9:32 AM
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I'll tell you where they get it: The beverage places, home, from their parents who allow drinking in their homes, Parents are allowing the underage to drink in their homes. They feel its there rights as parents if they allow there kids to drink. They even go to the store and buy it for them. Until Southampton starts arresting the problem will continue. My daughter was at a after Junior Prom where southampton showed up and all he did was empty the kids that were drinking beer, the mother of the kid ...more
By butterflyfree (6), hampton bays on Jun 29, 11 3:24 PM
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There was that arrest in remsenburg of the parents who served the minors alcohol, which i agree with. If the beverages are selling to minors, our tax dollars need to be spent on undercover operations to stop it.
It's bad enough that every week the press is filled with the DWI arrests of out of town club goers, now we have drunk teenage drivers.
I wonder if twitter would be a good tool for the police to seek out people attempting to drive from a party where there was alcohol? Just thinking
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), East Quogue on Jun 29, 11 4:01 PM
Let me just say if there were more parents like butterflyfree this world would be perfect. Hopefully when your kids go off to college they continue to be perfect. Personally I would want my child to have a little bit of experience with drinking before they get thrown to the wolves in some other state hours away from me. Im not encouraging keg partys for teens and definetly not drinking and driving but a little exposure might not be the worst thing. Regardless, this isnt the time or the place ...more
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jun 29, 11 4:47 PM
Exposure leads to the very thing this artice is about. What type of experience do you want your child to gain? I don't understand how drinking at a young age has anything to do with wolves. You've been spared.
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), East Quogue on Jun 30, 11 10:16 AM
Goldenboy Whats wrong with not wanting my daughter to drink. If you have teenagers in Hampton Bays then you know it Party Time Every weekend. I have seen first hand Kids Drunk off there butts. My daughter doesn't live in a bubble, yes she got caught drinking at a [party and ther was consequences. All I was trying to bring out is there is a big problem and it seems to be getting worse. I guess you don't care if your child starts drinking at 13. Well at least they won't be thrown to the wolves. I ...more
By butterflyfree (6), hampton bays on Jun 29, 11 5:10 PM
I have had to do alot of thinking on this horror. It is almost every parents fear when that telephone or policeman knocks on your door with this kind of news. Yes, there are many parents that allow drinking. I listened to one brag a year ago how he had a keg, ect. for an all nighter at his home for a graduation party. My daughter just remembered that 30 years ago when she went to a Senior Prom with a Chief of Police son, not Southampton Town, his father handed them two bottles to go out ...more
By Carol (109), East Quogue on Jun 29, 11 8:26 PM
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My point is IF I had a teenager I would want them to experiment with alchohol under my control instead of another 18 year old kid at a dead end somewhere. Kids are curious its there nature, dont you remember when you were young? Kids can vote and go to war at 18 but they cant have a drink? Its absurd, maybe it will teach them responsibilty at a younger age instead of being babied there whole lives. I ve been to europe, south america and canada before and seen young people in clubs and pubs. ...more
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Jul 1, 11 3:41 PM
Good to see you, GoldenBoy. Now for another crackpot comment from the Z man.

It is not the substance that should be put to question, but the substance of the PERSON that should be put to question.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 2, 11 11:28 PM
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very good comment...nothing cracked about it.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jul 3, 11 8:04 PM
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 5, 11 8:12 PM