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Apr 18, 2015 11:56 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Police Say Wife Was Driver Of Pickup That Killed Husband In Saturday Morning Accident In Westhampton Beach

Apr 20, 2015 1:01 PM

UPDATE: Monday 11 a.m.

Westhampton Police identified the man who was killed on the Westhampton Beach High School grounds Saturday morning as Ernest Davis, 80, of Westhampton. Officials identified the driver of the car that hit Mr. Davis was his wife, Diane Herold.

Westhampton Beach Police Chief Trevor Gonce said it was not clear how or why Ms. Herold, 69, ended up hitting Mr. Davis with her 2009 GMC pickup truck. There were no witnesses, Chief Gonce added.

Ms. Herold has not been charged with a crime in relation to the incident. She could not be reached for comment on Monday morning.

UPDATE: Sunday 9 a.m.

Police have still not identified the 80-year-old man who died after being struck by a pickup truck on the grounds of the Westhampton Beach High School yesterday.

Westhampton Beach Schools Superintendent Michael Radday said that he had been told the man was at the high school for a garden show being put on at the school on Saturday by the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

“Our thoughts are with the victim of this tragic accident and his family,” Mr. Radday wrote in an email. “The district is grateful to our police and first responders who arrived so quickly to assist.”

Westhampton Beach Village Police Chief Trevor Gonce said the first police officer was on scene within a minute of the 911 call reporting the accident. The officer found the man pinned under the truck, which had apparently hit the him while backing up a small pathway to one of the school’s side entrances.

Other emergency personnel said the truck appeared to have been on the campus doing some kind of construction work, but Mr. Radday said there was no maintenance or construction scheduled at the school Saturday. Several boards of wood were visible in photos protruding from the back of the small pickup truck.

Police have not yet identified the driver or the owner of the truck.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department responded to the scene and helped free the man from beneath the truck. He had suffered head and leg injuries, according to responders, and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead by Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance, where he succumbed to his injuries.

UPDATE: Saturday 1:30 p.m.

An elderly man struck by a pickup truck on the grounds of Westhampton Beach High School on Saturday morning died from his injuries at Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to Westhampton Beach Village Police.

According to Police Chief Trevor Gonce, the 80-year-old man was struck by the pickup at about 9:35 a.m. Police responding to a 911 call found the man pinned beneath the pickup truck.

The man, whom police have not yet identified, was taken by Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to police. A Suffolk County medevac helicopter responded to the scene but was not used to transport the man.


A man was injured outside Westhampton Beach High School Saturday morning when a delivery truck struck him at around 10:30 a.m.

Westhampton Beach Fire Chief Ross Donneson said the driver, who was delivering construction materials, accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

The man who was struck sustained a head and perhaps a leg injury and was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead by the Westhampton War Memorial ambulance company.

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A very sad story for the man and the man that hit him. Prayers for them both.
By greeneyedlady (55), East Quogue on Apr 19, 15 11:24 AM
something is fishy...
By LI native (127), east moriches on Apr 19, 15 9:59 PM
Know what's "fishy?" Making Making a dumba** comment like that based upon an incomplete news report.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 20, 15 5:50 PM
Frank. Let's be frank. The wife was driving, and killed her husband. Why did it take two days to figure THAT out...On school property, someone smell a lawsuit... or is that too much to assume
By LI native (127), east moriches on Apr 21, 15 10:54 AM
Frankness is my forte, Madam, and your piscine odor detector seems to have been honed on too many Agatha Christie mysteries.

The news media, commendably, reported was was released by the police department and refrained from speculation. (You, on the other hand.....)

Why the police handled it as they did might be explained by, as is now known, that it was a tragic accident (inferred from the fact that no charges have been preferred) and there was no compelling reason to immediate ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 21, 15 12:50 PM
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Well the last time the police held a name was the nun...still fishey ;)
By LI native (127), east moriches on Apr 21, 15 1:51 PM
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irrefutably dubious indeed
By splinter (14), southampton on Apr 21, 15 2:29 PM
What a sad sad story that poor woman! I am sure this was an accident!
By LovinLife (61), East Quogue on Apr 20, 15 7:25 PM
Ernie Davis will be long remembered, condolences to the family, i met him when i started in business in 1985, RIP, bobby cox
By coxie1 (37), southampton on Apr 20, 15 8:29 PM
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Very sad-prayers to the family
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Apr 20, 15 10:28 PM
Why did it take until Monday to figure out she hit her husband?
Did the police take that long to figure it out or was it the newspaper?
By Hambone (514), New York on Apr 20, 15 10:59 PM
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Tact, decency and discretion, perhaps?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 23, 15 11:31 PM
Not something the media is known for, but in this instance 27 East appears to have exercised same -- a home town decision, perhaps, and met with approval by all except the ghoulish like -- well, you know who you are.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 24, 15 8:36 AM
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Many many heartfelt prayers to Diane and her family. Ernie and Diane are both wonderful loving people.
By mc0427 (9), Westhampton Beach on Apr 21, 15 10:50 AM
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