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May 13, 2009 12:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man killed in Noyac crash

May 13, 2009 12:01 PM

A 26-year-old Southampton man was killed last Thursday, May 7, in a single-car crash on Noyac Road.

Tomas Alberto Reinoso was not wearing a seat belt when his truck struck a utility poll and flipped over, coming to rest on the driver’s side door, according to police. He was partially ejected from his Nissan pickup truck and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Southampton Town Police received several 911 calls about the wreck at around 9 p.m. North Sea Fire Department and Southampton Volunteer Ambulance crews responded to the scene, but found that Mr. Reinoso had not survived the violent crash.

A preliminary investigation indicated that the car had been traveling at an unsafe speed when it spun out of control and struck the utility pole broadside, according to police reports. A police department spokesman, Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze, said the roadway was wet from last Thursday night’s rainstorms and that might have been a contributing factor to the crash. He said investigators have not determined how fast Mr. Reinoso was going when he lost control.

Det. Sgt. Hintze added that investigators are awaiting the results of a toxicology report that is being completed by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.

Noyac Road was closed in both directions for two hours during the investigation of the crash scene.

The wreck was the third accident in Southampton Town in the last 10 days that involved a vehicle being overturned and an occupant being ejected and receiving serious or fatal injuries, police said. As a result, the department is urging all drivers to wear seat belts when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. Officers will be strictly enforcing state seat belt laws this month during the “Click It or Ticket” traffic safety campaign in an effort to educate motorists and promote traffic safety.

The Southampton Town Police Detective Division is continuing the investigation into last week’s fatal crash and is requesting that anyone with any information contact them at 728-5000.

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Buckle up Guys and Girls ! In 1984 my vehicle was struck from behind as I was sitting at a red light at the Oakdale merge on Sunrise Highway and my vehicle was hit from behind and overturned. I wasn't wearing my seatbelt but I was in the habit of locking my doors. I was very lucky the door didn't open on impact .
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on May 8, 09 7:08 PM
It has nothing to do with locking your doors....
do not move your car without putting on your seat belt
It is so simple and will save your life
By bpcooke (12), Southampton on May 8, 09 9:54 PM
And....its also about obeying the speed limit. Those speed limits are in force for a reason! If the roads are wet its especially important not to speed. It puts everyone on the road at risk if one jerk thinks he is above the rules.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on May 9, 09 7:02 AM
This accident could have been avoided if the speed limit was being enforced. This is the second fatality on this road due to speeding in the last few months. And let's not forget the guy who decided to drive through the Whalebone store. Every other tree and pole has been hit by either speeders or DWIs. How many more deaths will it take for the Town to do something?
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on May 11, 09 11:48 AM
This is so sad. Noyac Road has been dangerous for years and nothing is ever done about it. Do we know who the driver was yet?
By haj80 (11), Chapel Hill on May 11, 09 12:03 PM
Hey morons- don't assume it was speed. What part of "...investigators have not determined how fast Mr. Reinoso was going when he lost control" don't you understand? Driving home last night on Noyac Road, I could see that the woefully worn/faded median was practically invisible on a clear night, let alone a rainy night. It would not surprise me if the driver was unable to see the median and losing control. Something as simple as um, re-painting the median strip (as well as more reflectors) would ...more
By HEJIRANYC (32), Sag Harbor on May 11, 09 3:16 PM
Other sources have already determined vehicle was speeding. This road is infamous for accidents due to speeding and DWIs. This is the second death in the last few months. There was even a vehicle that actually crashed through the Whalebone store. Every other tree and pole has been hit here. Yet, the Town does nothing to enforce the speed limit. This road has been ignored for years. Remember how long it took to fix "Dead Man's Curve?"
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on May 11, 09 3:57 PM
Let's not forget about the endless parade of deer that run across athe road all hours. That as well as speed could have been a factor. I grew up in Noyac and nothing has changed in years. Cars are way too fast and until that is dealt with accidents will happen.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on May 11, 09 7:05 PM
Speeding or not, lives were lost.... I don't think speeding is a crime punishable by death.... I could think of many other offenses that are... Like having personal items in your backyard....
And, FYI, the man who decided to drive through Whalebone Landing was sober... He was already on meds for high blood pressure, and was quoted as saying, "I don't know what happened, I felt hot and light headed, next thing I knew I was in the store"
Why is it so hard to get the news right?
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on May 12, 09 9:51 AM