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Feb 2, 2016 12:27 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: East Hampton Man Arrested And Charged With Leaving The Scene Of An Accident At North End Cemetery

Police said the accident resulted in thousands of dollars in damages.  COURTESY OF THE EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE POLICE COURTESY OF THE EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE POLICE
Feb 3, 2016 7:48 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3:55 p.m.

East Hampton Village Police said the man who left the scene of the North End Cemetery accident was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident after turning himself in at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday.

According to East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen, Luis Pacho-Mejia, 37, of East Hampton reported to the station with his attorney, Sandra Melendez of East Hampton.

Mr. Pacho-Mejia alleged that he fell asleep while driving home on Montauk Highway in East Hampton at approximately 3 a.m. when the accident occurred, Chief Larsen said.


East Hampton Village Police are investigating an accident in which a driver left the scene after the vehicle collided with a fence and approximately 12 gravestones in the North End Cemetery on Sunday night.

According to a news release, a gray 2001 Nissan Xterra SUV was traveling east on Route 27 near the intersection of North Main Street when the driver failed to negotiate a curve in the road. The collision resulted in thousands of dollars of property damage, including to gravestones that date back hundreds of years, according to police.

Police are looking for the SUV, which they believe will have front end damage and front passenger side damage.

East Hampton Village Police Chief Larsen said police identified the vehicle by tracing car parts left at the scene—the front quarter panel and parts of the bumper.

“They all have serial numbers,” said Chief Larsen.

In addition, he said police have notified all local body shops of the car’s description.

The department is asking anyone with information to call detectives at (631) 324-1026. All calls will remain confidential, police said.

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Did he head over to Hampton Bays afterward to knock over the pole?
By jams (129), hampton bays on Feb 2, 16 9:23 PM
As bad as the damage is, I'm glad he missed the hook mill. That could have been a true loss.
By H2O (85), easthampton on Feb 2, 16 10:31 PM
Ah one of the "locals".
By Preliator Lives (437), Obamavillie on Feb 3, 16 6:42 AM
This would be national news if the driver were white and the grave sites that were desecrated were American Indian.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Feb 3, 16 7:54 AM
Conveniently turned himself in the next day, almost 12 hours to sober up.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Feb 3, 16 5:02 PM
Scroll down headlines for update on the driver in Hampton bays.
By jams (129), hampton bays on Feb 3, 16 5:24 PM
Even the dead aren't safe from illegals with a penchant for drinking and driving. Sure, he fell asleep - in a pigs eye!
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Feb 10, 16 8:35 PM