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Aug 30, 2015 2:17 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Paul Hansen, Killed In Drunk Driving Accident Sunday, Is Fondly Remembered

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Sep 1, 2015 1:27 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 12 p.m.

Paul Hansen, who was killed in a Sunday morning crash caused by a drunk driver, was a beloved member of the Sag Harbor community.

He worked at the local Douglas Elliman in Sag Harbor as a licensed real estate salesperson for many years. "Paul played a strong leadership role in both his personal life and professional career, where he was admired and highly-respected," Dottie Herman, the president and chief executive of Douglas Elliman, said in a release on Monday.

His long-time high school friend, Jeff Peters, explained that Mr. Hansen never said no to anything and always wanted to help people, especially his family. "He was a great dad; he worked really hard to make sure his sons have a good life," Mr. Peters said.

Mr. Hansen loved everything about the outdoors and he spent much of his time at the beach windsurfing. "He just loved life," Mr. Peters said.

A wake will be held at the Yardley Pino Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Sag Harbor. The funeral will be held at St. Andrews Church on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

UPDATE: Monday, 3 p.m.

Sean Ludwick was remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond following his arraignment on Monday morning in Southampton Justice Court.

The Southampton Town Police were aided on the scene on Sunday by the Sag Harbor Village Police, the New York State Police, and the New York State Police Forensic ID and Collision Reconstruction unit, according to a statement sent out by police on Monday.

UPDATE: Sunday, 11:05 p.m.

Southampton Town Police have identified the passenger killed in a one-car crash in which, they said, a drunken driver ran his 2013 Porsche into a telephone pole at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Paul Hansen, 53, of Sag Harbor was identified as the victim. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In additional to a misdemeanor count of DWI, Mr. Ludwick was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a press release from the Southampton Town Police Department said.

Original story:

A Sag Harbor man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after a one-car crash that killed his passenger early Sunday morning, officials have confirmed.

Sean Ludwick, 42, of Sag Harbor was arrested and charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident, both misdemeanors, after his car crashed into a pole. The accident killed his passenger, a male who has not yet been identified by police. According to Southampton Town Police Sergeant John Boden, police responded to Rolling Hills Court in Sag Harbor at 1:54 a.m. after receiving calls from several neighbors in the area.

The road was closed while police investigated the scene, Sgt. Boden said, but was reopened Sunday morning.

Police did not release any other information about the crash, including whether the passenger was transported to the hospital or pronounced dead at the scene, what caused the accident, the relationship between Mr. Ludwick and the victim, where Mr. Ludwick was arrested, and if the deceased was also from Sag Harbor.

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So very sorry to hear about this. A true loss to the Sag Harbor Community. RIP Paul.
By Callie (30), Sag Harbor on Aug 30, 15 2:41 PM
maybe other readers could know the identity of the victim?
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 30, 15 3:25 PM
Maybe other readers have enough respect for the family as not to disclose the name of the victim. Let his family process and grieve before all the stupid comments and theories start popping up in the comments section of this article. A man has died. Let his family be....
By vegas (6), sag harbor on Aug 30, 15 4:01 PM
i absolutely agree....could it be that the newspapers omitted the name on purpose to give the family enough time to grieve. This is called respect.
By VanessaLeggard (4), Manhattan, New York on Aug 30, 15 7:42 PM
no disrespect intended.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Aug 30, 15 5:08 PM
So sorry to hear this! Sympathy & Prayers to the family! RiIP
By Jazzyjoy19 (1), Sagaponack on Aug 30, 15 8:40 PM
We lose too many during the summer months.
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Aug 31, 15 12:47 AM
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Paul was a friend and a colleague that was loved and respected. He is missed by many already. Truly a loss to the community and to me.
By dianneb (1), sag harbor on Aug 31, 15 9:26 AM
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Paul was a great guy and his father (my neighbor) is such a kind man. I can't imagine what he is going through. Will stop over tonight to make sure he is ok. Such a horrible event :(
By Joe4alb (1), sag harbor on Aug 31, 15 10:55 AM
It is such a hugh loss and I hope that you will keep his family in your thougts and prayers, not only now but next month when they clean the closet, when a birthday comes around, holidays, when the boys want to sign up for baseball. They will need friends then too.
By sueg (10), Bridgehampton on Aug 31, 15 11:21 AM
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From older media stories I've read, it sounds like the driver was a bit of a loose cannon.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Aug 31, 15 4:12 PM
Rest in peace Paul. And to those of you reading the posts. Please dont take this the wrong way. But folks lets remember Paul was with his friend and choose to get in the car with him knowing he was drunk..CALL A TAXI!! JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE YOU FRIEND YOU DO NOT NEED TO DRIVE WITH THEM!!
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Aug 31, 15 5:40 PM
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Paul thought he was with a friend if I may correct you and you are overstating the obvious. Such a devils advocate you are!
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Aug 31, 15 6:51 PM
You should remove your insensitive comment. Its mean spirited. So I see its Paul's fault he's dead. I wonder if Paul was the driver if he would have left his friend bleeding to death on the road I think not...Shut up!
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Aug 31, 15 8:29 PM
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I think Paul might have liked it if maybe one person could be saved by "restating the obvious". As far being "mean spirited" goes (a much overused expression), hello, Mr Pot; meet Mr. Kettle.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Aug 31, 15 9:36 PM
I think your statement is full of NukiePOO!
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Sep 1, 15 12:48 AM
Wow... I'm stunned by your wit.
By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Sep 1, 15 8:51 PM
NukiePoo for brains trying to understand the mr pot and mr kettle analogy but then again when one is dealing with a troll nothing makes sense not ever your pigeon logic.
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Sep 2, 15 12:43 PM
Paul you all be missed. A great friend, father, and coach….You always found time to help out anyone in need…..I hope for a good wind for your Kite board
By sag runner (24), Easthampton on Aug 31, 15 8:03 PM
What kind of "friend" leaves their passenger to die alone on a roadside. This was not only a tragedy, but a criminal act. Judge Kooperstein handled this very well.

Deepest condolences to the family and their two boys who no longer have their Dad. How said.
By Harbor Master (114), Sag Harbor on Aug 31, 15 9:28 PM
Where is the story of infant child abuse at the Side By Side Day Care on North Sea Rd in Southampton reported earlier by other media outlets?
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Aug 31, 15 10:03 PM
^ posted at 10:11 pm
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Sep 1, 15 11:04 AM
Shy isn't this man charged with vehicular homicide? He'll get a slick lawyer, buy his way out of trouble and get 1 week of community service...watch and see. He should get 15 years or more for this heinous crime.
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Sep 1, 15 11:56 AM
Just heartbreaking.
By Boots O'Rourke (12), Montauk on Sep 1, 15 1:13 PM
Heartbreaking indeed. And so avoidable...if only. Wherever they were coming from, restaurant or bar, is going to be held liable as well. Sadness all around.
By candyw (20), wainscott on Sep 1, 15 4:03 PM
There is no way 230 Down is going to be responsible here. These are two very grown men who made some unfortunate decisions on Sat. night.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Sep 1, 15 6:04 PM
I guess you've never heard of dram shop laws. They are absolutely partly responsible and it absolutely their responsibility to not over pour period. None the less the driver is a murderer now that its been revealed that Paul was dragged from the car by the driver and discarded on the side of the road like road kill taking his wallet and throwing it into the woods but I'm sure that NukiePoo for brains still thinks its Paul's fault.
By lursagirl (245), southampton on Sep 2, 15 12:40 PM
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By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Sep 2, 15 6:15 PM
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By Nukiepoo (123), Southampton on Sep 2, 15 6:15 PM
Just hope that Southampton Town Police actually investigate this fully and not go with him being ejected. They are known to go the easy way to "solve" a crime.
By Callie (30), Sag Harbor on Sep 2, 15 3:52 PM
Clothing was taken for lab testing. This is a very serious allegation. If any DNA is to be found, the lab will discover it. SHPD deserves a bit more credit
By Harbor Master (114), Sag Harbor on Sep 2, 15 7:30 PM
Just terrible news. A life cut so short, not just his own, but for so many who knew Paul. RIP brother you were a good man, I will pray your family stays strong.
By JoeCarvelli (1), on Sep 3, 15 7:51 PM
So unfortunately. Our hearts go out the family members. If the Hamptons had taxi service that functioned well at these hours, these types of accidents could be avoided. So unfortunate!
By derrota (1), east hampton on Sep 7, 15 3:56 PM
folks, please

"that its been revealed that Paul was dragged from the car by the driver and discarded on the side of the road like road kill taking his wallet and throwing it into the woods"

no one revealed this. No police dept source or eyewitness said this. Please for the love of Paul don't repeat this as fact. Wait for the investigation, please. We all loved Paul but this nonsense adds nothing to his memory and makes it more difficult to get a conviction.
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Sep 9, 15 9:43 PM
nice remembrance at Sagg Main over the weekend. Hope the Sag Harbor community will continue it's closeness with all community members and hope that many send to the Fund being established for Paul's children who have lost a great father and the community lost a great mentor. RIP Paul.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Sep 10, 15 5:36 PM
My sweet cousin,Paul,

I just heard of your tragic ending tonight from my own brother. I am so very sorry for all your family, Paul, and for you, to leave this life so tragically, suddenly and at such an early age. Surely, you had so much more life in you, as anyone who knew you would agree.

I know how much you loved your sons, Austin and Hunter, because we talked a few times when I myself needed a friend in 2010. You were so kind to me when I needed a sympathetic ear, and I ...more
By Kelly Grant (1), Cary on Oct 6, 18 2:56 AM