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Dec 30, 2011 9:49 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Riverside Man Charged With DWI Following Two Accidents In Hampton Bays Friday Night

Jan 3, 2012 3:02 PM

A Riverside man was charged with DWI after Southampton Town Police said he caused two accidents on Friday night, the second a head-on collision on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays that injured six people, including a woman who had to be airlifted to the hospital and a 6-year-old boy.

According to Town Police, Marvin R. Cardona-Lopez, 30, was arrested at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was taken for undisclosed non-life-threatening injuries following the second accident. In addition to the misdemeanor DWI charge, he was also cited for failing to maintain his lane and driving without a license, both violations, according to authorities.

Police said Mr. Cardona-Lopez was driving a white 1995 Ford Explorer westbound on Montauk Highway at approximately 7:50 p.m. Friday when he crossed over the double-yellow line, near the Canoe Place Road intersection and struck a vehicle heading in the opposite direction head-on.

The vehicle that he struck, a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 dump truck, was traveling east at the time and carrying four people, including a 31-year-old woman from Hampton Bays who suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by Suffolk County Police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center, police said. The driver of the dump truck, a 25-year-old Hampton Bays man, and two other passengers, a 31-year-old Hampton Bays man and the 6-year-old boy, all suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported via ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to police.

In addition, a passenger in Mr. Cardona-Lopez’s vehicle, identified by police only as a 28-year-old man, was also hurt in the accident and transported to the Riverhead hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

After an investigation, detectives learned that Mr. Cardona-Lopez had also been involved in another accident, a hit-and-run, that occurred only minutes earlier to the east, also on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

Witnesses told police that Mr. Cardona-Lopez was seen driving erratically as he headed west on Montauk Highway. They said that while attempting to pass a vehicle on the shoulder in the construction area near Edgewater Restaurant, he lost control of his car and sideswiped a sedan, injuring a 33-year-old Hampton Bays woman. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Peconic Bay Medical Center, police said.

After being released from the hospital, Mr. Cardona-Lopez was arrested and brought to Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing. He was held overnight and arraigned on Sunday in the Southampton Town Justice Court, at which time bail was set at $100,000 cash, or $200,000 bond. Mr. Cardona-Lopez failed to post bail and was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside. He appeared before Town Justice Andrea Schiavoni on Tuesday and his next court date was set for Friday, January 6.

Both Town Police and New York State Police responded to the accident. Members of the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Village Ambulance and Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance also responded and assisted the injured.

The stretch of Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays between Gravel Hill and Newtown roads was closed for several hours after the accident as police continued their investigation.

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