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Mar 31, 2010 1:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Three-car crash closes Montauk Highway in Westhampton

Mar 31, 2010 1:15 PM

Three people, including a child, were rushed to the hospital with minor injuries following a three-car accident on a dangerous stretch of Montauk Highway in Westhampton on Friday afternoon, according to Southampton Town Police.

At 3:55 p.m., Lynette R. Taboada, 33, of Westhampton was stopped in the eastbound lane of Montauk Highway, waiting to make a left turn onto Summit Boulevard, when her 2003 Jeep was struck from behind by a 2010 Toyota driven by Paul D. Mercready, 41, of Tampa, Florida, according to a police report of the accident. Mr. Mercready told police he did not see that Ms. Taboada was stopped until it was too late to brake.

Ms. Taboada’s vehicle was pushed into the westbound lane, where it was struck again by a 2007 Volkswagen driven by C.B. Briguglio, 34, of East Quogue.

Volunteers with the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance and East Moriches Community Ambulance responded to the scene, and transported three people, including a 6-year-old boy, to local hospitals with minor injuries.

Ms. Taboada, who was alone in her car, suffered a bruise or contusion to her head and was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, police said.

A 6-year-old in Mr. Mercready’s car suffered a bruise to his neck and was also transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, police said. An 8-year-old girl also riding in Mr. Mercready’s car was not hurt during the accident, according to authorities.

Mr. Briguglio suffered a minor cut to his arm or hand, and was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue. Two children, ages one and three, who were riding in his car were not injured, police said.

Southampton Town Police closed Montauk Highway between Tanners Neck Road and Seabreeze Avenue for about 45 minutes Friday, and firefighters with the Westhampton Beach Fire Department cleared debris from the road.

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WOW! This is really "real time" reportage.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 26, 10 5:55 PM
You really love to hear yourself comment. Its nice how your reaction appears to be a cheap-shot at the webstie you love to spend so much time with.
How about some concern for those involved? like, "Wow, that is a really bad turn, heading into the sun. I hope everyone is ok. "
Many students take that route home everyday, in busses and cars, and I, for one, DO hope that everyone is ok.
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 10 12:18 PM
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If you didn't have your head wedged, and you compared the time-stamp of the story with the reported time of the event, you'd realize that the "real time" comment was anything BUT a "cheap-shot."

Or do you require an explanation of the term "real time?"

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 27, 10 12:36 PM
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I do not need any explanations, I just found it interesting, to say the least, that anyone could see a picture of a three-car accident like this one and be more concerned with how quickly an article was written. If you were in one of those cars, would you rather read comments about the newspaper, or read about compassion for those involved?
By sparkhampton (27), Hampton Bays on Mar 27, 10 8:35 PM
It was, and is, obvious that you DID need an explanation.

Had there been body parts strewn across the scene -- I think it used to be known as Novak's Curve -- your critical comment might have been justified.

As for the rest of it, you are a dull writer and probably someone who bought into Hillary's "it's for the children" mantra. If I had been in one of the vehicles involved, I would not be paying attention to what was being said by passers-by or readers of a website.

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 28, 10 10:05 AM
That curve is horrible. This is not the first accident to occur there.
By double standard (1506), quogue on Mar 27, 10 4:24 PM
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The Press organization has done an admirable job in filing fresh news stories, when they can, from Montauk to Manorville. They are making great strides in transforming an print media publication into a timely Web presence.

This transition is not easy for a small company, and it is expensive, so kudos to them IMO. Any unhappiness about the timeliness of news here at 27east, if genuine, should be accompanied by a donation to The Press to encourage them to do more online coverage. Kind of ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 27, 10 5:54 PM
PS2 -- Comment above is a general one. It is clear to these eyes that Frank Wheeler was indeed complimenting the "real time' coverage.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 27, 10 5:57 PM
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So after all the talk about this being a horrible and dangerous corner, it turns out that this accident was due solely to driver inattention , I wonder if talking on the cellphone was involved ?
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Apr 1, 10 9:11 AM