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Feb 23, 2016 3:36 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Hampton Bays Man Killed By Tractor Lifting Fork In Montauk

A portion of East Lane Drive in Montauk was closed on Thursday morning following an accident at Montauk Lake Club and Marina. KYRIL BROMLEY KYRIL BROMLEY
Feb 23, 2016 3:36 PM

A Hampton Bays man was killed after being run over by a Traverse tellahandler extended forklift at the Montauk Lake Club on Thursday.

East Hampton Town Police said that 44-year-old Hector O. Duarte-Rogue, was actively assisting the lift's operator guide the movement of dock materials at 211 East Lake Drive when he was struck down.

According to East Hampton Town Police Captain Chris Anderson the two men were related and were employed by Montauk Beach Dock and Pile Inc. The company could not be reached for comment and police would not release the name of the lift operator.

East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen, who supervises the dispatchers that took the call, said the village department received a 911 call at 10:52 a.m. on Thursday and ambulances were dispatched at that time. East Hampton Village receives all 911 calls townwide and has contracts with all fire departments and emergency services to dispatch them, he said.

Mr. Duarte-Rogue was treated at the scene before a Suffolk County Police helicopter arrived at Montauk Airport to medevac him to Stony Brook University Hospital, said East Hampton Town Police Sergeant Chelsea Tierney.

However, due to his critical condition, the helicopter ultimately landed at Southampton Hospital where Mr. Duarte-Rogue was pronounced dead.

East Lake Drive was shut down between Pocahontas and Homeward lanes until late Thursday night while East Hampton Town Police investigated the accident, and it remains under investigation.

The forklift was impounded by the East Hampton Town Police for a safety inspection.

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How horrible. I've heard that he had a longtime commonlaw wife who is being stonewalled be the insurance company and the County; they wont release the body to her so she can take him home and inter him in his home town. Very sad.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Feb 25, 16 10:39 AM
Sending prayers to his wife - Wrongful death of this poor man. Was the driver certified to use such equipment? Montauk Beach Dock & Pile must bear some responsibility there if he was not. It must have been an accident since the driver was related to the victim - but if the company sends men out to do this type of work without certification - they bear responsibility and should see in any case that the wife gets some relief - married or not.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Feb 25, 16 1:27 PM