WELCOME GUEST  |  LOG IN
East Quogue, Corcoran, Real Estate, Hamptons
27east.com

Story - News

May 25, 2010 5:04 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Woman killed in motorcycle accident on Napeague stretch

May 25, 2010 5:04 PM

A Mastic Beach woman who was the passenger on a motorcycle that fled from an East Hampton Town Police officer Monday night was killed when the driver lost control on the Napeague stretch in Amagansett.

According to a press release issued by East Hampton Town Police, Matthew J. Byank, 19, of Manorville was driving west on Route 27 when he lost control near Dolphin Drive and crossed into the eastbound lane, where he and his passenger were thrown from the motorcycle, which then hit a utility pole and broke apart.

Lauren M. Parris, 19, of Edgewater Drive in Mastic Beach, was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital.

Police said Mr. Byank was driving his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle at about 9:30 p.m. when an officer attempted to stop him for speeding. Police said Mr. Byank sped west on Route 27 in an attempt to get away from the officer, who continued to pursue him for several miles but didn’t catch up with the motorcycle until he came upon the crash near Dolphin Drive.

Detective Sergeant Chris Anderson said the officer found Ms. Parris unconscious and attempted to perform CPR. She was pronounced dead after being taken to Southampton Hospital.

Both riders were apparently wearing helmets, he said.

Mr. Byank was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for injuries and released. He was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in the first degree, a felony; and was issued multiple traffic summonses, including driving with a suspended license.

Mr. Byank was arraigned is East Hampton Town Justice Court on Tuesday afternoon, where he appeared in hospital scrubs and his right arm in a sling. Mr. Byank pleaded not guilty to the felony charge in front of Justice Lisa R. Rana. Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond, despite a recommendation from the assistant district attorney for $50,000 bail.

Justice Rana said she had to take into consideration the seriousness of the crime—the charge is a class D felony—and also that Mr. Byank had previous traffic violations and a bench warrant for his arrest on his record. Tad Scharfenberg, Mr. Byank’s attorney, said the bench warrant was in relation to traffic violations.

Mr. Scharfenberg, who is based in Bohemia and works by special appointment in East Hampton, said Mr. Byank’s family members, many of whom were present at the court along with friends, would not be able to post the bail.

Mr. Scharfenberg requested that his client be required to wear a GPS device and remain on house arrest rather than be kept in jail. Justice Rana said she would not consider that request on Tuesday, but that Mr. Scharfenberg could still apply for it.

Mr. Scharfenberg asked Justice Rana to note that Mr. Byank still required medical attention for a sprained ankle and fractured collar bone.

Outside the courtroom after the arraignment, Mr. Scharfenberg said his client was “crestfallen” over the incident.

“This was the woman he was in love with,” he said. “He’s just kind of destroyed over this whole thing.”

According to Ms. Parris’s Facebook profile, the couple was engaged and living together, and had known each other since they were 14 years old.

Mr. Scharfenberg said the charge could be upgraded to vehicular manslaughter, but because there were no drugs or alcohol he didn’t think it was feasible.

“There’s the potential of an upgrade,” he said. “It would take a while, I think they would have to do a full accident reconstruction and I don’t know that they have enough information for it to be upgraded.

“This is more of a tragedy,” he added.

Mr. Scharfenberg said in court that his client has worked at the Jiffy Lube in Shirley since February and prior to that worked at Hampton Oil Changer in Southampton. Before moving to Manorville about a year ago, Mr. Byank lived in Mastic with his parents, he said.

Mr. Byank is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday, May 28.

You've read 1 of 7 free articles this month.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

Only 19 years old, speeding on a motorcycle, running from the police--and his passenger--also only 19 years old--is killed. I think Mr. Byank is going to grow up really fast now. I cannot even imagine how Laurene Parris' family is feeling. My mind just can't go there. Too, too sad.
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on May 25, 10 9:37 AM
we are getting by its hard but we are doing the best we can thank you.
By MParris623 (4), Mastic on May 25, 10 6:29 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By marineforever (1), spring hill on May 26, 10 2:55 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By marineforever (1), spring hill on May 26, 10 2:55 PM
Hang on there a second!

This poor girl was killed as a result of Byank's speeding while he was fleeing the Police!!!

And he was ONLY issued multiple summons and released? Why was he not arrested and charged with manslaughter?

Am I missing something here?
By elliot (243), sag harbor on May 25, 10 10:00 AM
1 member liked this comment
I concur -- there should be some sort of homicide charge as well. Manslaughter at the least.
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on May 25, 10 10:16 AM
Yes, you are missing something. While this was a terrible tragedy, it could have been avoided. Where the did the EHPD think this guy was going to escape to? With the level of police saturation in the Hamptons they easily could have set up a road block. Many towns and counties around the country already prohibit pursuit of motorcycles because one of two things always happens 1. The rider gets away or 2. there is a terrible accident and someone dies. Its simple, nothing good comes of chasing a bike ...more
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 25, 10 4:07 PM
I do not blame the Hampton police at all.
By MParris623 (4), Mastic on May 25, 10 6:32 PM
Here's how it could have been avoided:
a) Dude pull to the side of the road and takes his punishment for being a f-up
b) Girlfriend reaches around him and turns the key on his bike to the "off" position
By Laszlo Lowenstein (37), East Hampton on May 25, 10 6:49 PM
To you and your family, please accept our deepest sympathies and prayers.
By elliot (243), sag harbor on May 25, 10 10:12 PM
The ironic thing is, if this kid driving the motorcycle, speeding through villages had run someone over who was crossing the street, you would still be ripping apart the police. You would be probably saying "Where were the cops while this maniac was speeding, putting people's lives in danger?". Give the police a break, they have to deal with a lot more than you know.
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on May 26, 10 9:43 AM
1 member liked this comment
Sadly, it seems that you have not done enough research on this story. If you had done your homework and read other papers you would have noticed that there was more to the story than the cop just pusuing a speeding motorcycle. The officer did radio the other uniforms in the amagansett area telling them to watch for this wreckless individual because yes, these police cars are not equipped to handle a pursuit of that speed. Your assumption of the officer's ego is absolutly wrong! I think YOU are ...more
By saggirl (7), Sag Harbor on May 28, 10 11:38 PM
You really are a moron, Fish. Such stupendously ridiculous observations!

What planet do you hale from?
By elliot (243), sag harbor on Jun 1, 10 12:25 PM
Yes, you're missing something. The charges he faces now are preliminary, he'll be charged with some type of homicide/manslaughter case after the DA investigation. The lawyers can tell us if a grand jury is necessary.
By VOS (1139), WHB on May 25, 10 10:44 AM
Is your information factual? I certainly hope so.
By elliot (243), sag harbor on May 25, 10 10:47 AM
I pray that the pending investigation you mentioned is not a protracted press event complete with hand-wringing sympathizers for the accused. (that invariably show up on the 27East comments)
By elliot (243), sag harbor on May 25, 10 10:52 AM
I pray that the pending investigation you mentioned is not a protracted press event complete with hand-wringing sympathizers for the accused. (that invariably show up on the 27East comments).

Yes, justice for all should certainly prevail, but hopefully it will be done in a timely manner
By elliot (243), sag harbor on May 25, 10 10:53 AM
FYI --The DA is already looking into this and I know this for fact.
By J. Totta (100), Sag Harbor on May 25, 10 11:53 AM
I think you should all keep your comments to yourself. You don't know Matthew and therefore you have absolutely NO idea what he is going through right now. It wasn't manslaughter. It wasn't homicide. It was pure accident. If you knew him or the love he had for Lauren at all you would know damn well that he would never have intended for this to happen and I know he's regretting it with everything in him. BOTH families have a lot to deal with at the moment, and these ignorant comment on here are not ...more
By abcd1234 (1), New York on May 25, 10 1:27 PM
Speaking of "ignorant comment:" how about "It wasn't homicide. It was pure accident."

Accidental or otherwise, someone died -- by definition, that's a homicide unless the Medical Examiner's officer determines "Natural Causes" or "Suicide."

The entirely avoidable death of one so young is tragic. But the responsibility rests with young Mr. Byank, who, being 19, likely never considered the potential consequences of his recklessness.

Look for a "depraved indifference" type ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on May 25, 10 2:04 PM
Running from the cop was no accident. He obviously had something to hide... which he did.
By johnj (916), Westhampton on May 25, 10 2:10 PM
Frank you are out of line and completely wrong, do yourself a favor and look up the definition of homicide. It is one thing to be ignorant, but you seem to take it to the next level often. Have some respect for the families here, since you can't respect yourself enough to remain silent.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 3:49 PM
if he loved my cousin than why did he run? if you ask me he deserve to be dead not Lauren.
By MParris623 (4), Mastic on May 25, 10 6:34 PM
2 members liked this comment
It should be manslaughter he took that girls life from her.He should have pulled the bike over instead of trying to outrun the police she would be alive now, or at least stop let her off then do what he had to do thats love
By brickhouse (2), east hampton on May 25, 10 7:18 PM
ICE: Simply put, "homicide" is the act of a human killing a human being, and may extend to an action by a human resulting in the death another human being.

This is precisely what happened here, and the term is even more appropriate given that the underlying acts -- operating a motor vehicle while one's driver's license was under suspension, and failure to comply with a lawful direction from the police (fleeing from the authorities) -- are both illegal.

If you would like to demonstrate ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on May 25, 10 7:25 PM
Frankie - Homicide requires intent. In this case intent was not present, unless you think he intended to kill her.

Homocide - the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another

murder

Deliberate - done consciously and intentionally;

fully considered; not impulsive

done or acting in a careful and unhurried way

Considering ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 7:45 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss.
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on May 26, 10 10:11 AM
you know your rite matt made a very bad choice, young people often do but fact still remains lauren is still gone-forever i wonder where his love was when he decided to try to elude police, your rite both familys are suffering and my prayers go out to both familys AND all the ems responders who know have to seek therapy to help cope with the dreams they have because if his decision i hope that all the young people reading all these coments learn from his mistake so the first responders stop ...more
By BDO-FF/EMT-MFD (4), montauk on May 26, 10 11:45 AM
Wait now the EMS personnel have to seek therapy for dreams they will have, because of his decision? Come on guy, if he is to be held responsible for his actions, then so are first responders for their choice of careers. You have to know as an EMS woker you will be exposed to carnage, if you can't deal, choose a different profession.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 1:20 PM
I am Laurens aunt the young woman who was killed. 1)As far as keeping comments to themselves wrong!!! People have a right to express themselves 2)when you LOVE someone you PROTECT them at any cost, which is what he promised her he would do "forever" where was Matthews love that night. Granted he will have to live with this the rest of his life, but you know what because of his selfishness & STUPIDITY my niece is gone along with THEIR BABY and hopefully he does remember this. As far as both families ...more
By resqdvr2 (3), Alamo on May 26, 10 2:35 PM
1 member liked this comment
I have never before agreed with you, Ice, but you are correct, Wheeler is, once again, out of line and incorrect.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on May 27, 10 11:31 AM
Wow! It is quite obvious that you have no idea what it is like to have someone's life in your hands.... and not being able to save them although you have the best training available. My guess is that you have never been to a fatal accident or you would be alot more respectful for the EMS volunteers. Don't you know that stuff stays with you for a long time? You don't just walk away from it and forget that you just lost a patient. And by the way grief counsiling is always offered not mandatory for ...more
By saggirl (7), Sag Harbor on May 29, 10 9:52 PM
She trusted a fool and died because of it, poor girl. I am sorry for her family. Very sad. Only 19.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on May 25, 10 1:29 PM
ty
By resqdvr2 (3), Alamo on May 26, 10 2:39 PM
We all understand that he probably is going through hell now, and can empathize. But, the facts are that he shouldn't have been riding his motorcycle with a suspended license and he shouldn't have run from the police. Driving a car or riding a motorcycle is a privilege to be earned, not a legal right. Licenses of dangerous drivers get suspended to protect the general public. In this case, a young woman died as a consequence of a young man's rash decision. A true tragedy for both.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on May 25, 10 2:22 PM
If the police had abandoned the chase , which would have been the right thing to do given the circumstances , this tragedy might have been avoided. Very sad.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on May 25, 10 2:53 PM
1 member liked this comment
The cop wasn't even "chasing" him....they know cars cannot go as fast as motorcycles...I'm sure the cop was following and calling ahead for backup
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on May 26, 10 10:16 AM
Let's face it.... it is not the police officer's fault. If this guy didn't run from the police and followed the law this tragedy WOULD hae beed avoided. Yes it is very sad, but give me a break, you don't actually think it's the officer's fault do you?
By saggirl (7), Sag Harbor on May 28, 10 11:57 PM
Oh here we go now it's the fault of the Police PM? Read the story......He saw the cop and ran instead of pulling over which would have avoided this tragedy altogether!
By 75Shovel (15), Southampton on May 25, 10 3:54 PM
2 members liked this comment
Police are trained to abandon chases under certain circumstances. Chasing a rice rocket with a pasenger on the back ? INSANE !
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on May 25, 10 5:49 PM
1 member liked this comment
you dont have the facts!
By saggirl (7), Sag Harbor on May 29, 10 9:56 PM
story says:
police, who continued to pursue him for several miles but didn’t catch up with the motorcycle until he came upon the crash near Dolphin Drive.
Please note the police "didnt catch up with him", A) and B), had he just stopped his bike the young lady would be alive now.
I would also question his driving ability. He is 19 and driving a "go fast" Suzuki. I dont know, but chances that he had any lessons on riding are probably pretty slim.
It was his actions and his actions ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 25, 10 3:56 PM
1 member liked this comment
So the cops initial pursuit had nothing to do with him taking off as fast as he did?
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 4:06 PM
He may have been an excellent rider for all you know, a deer could have run out in front of him. Either way it's a tragedy.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 4:08 PM
1 member liked this comment
He is 19, the chances of a 19 year old on a bike like that being an "excellent rider" are pretty small. Not saying he couldn't have been, but it is not likely. You're right, a deer "could" have run in front of him. Once again, an excellent rider would know his or her enviorment and would have lessened the chances of this turning out as it did.
Are you not able to grasp the idea that he should not have been riding the bike at all, and when he was signalled to stop, he should have? You do realize ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 25, 10 4:46 PM
1 member liked this comment
I can grasp that he wasn't suppose to be operating the bike at all due to his suspended license. I also do know that it is virtually impossible for a cop in a car to catch a person on a motorcycle. Yes, I understand that a motorcycle is capable of killing others on the road and that risk increases exponentially when a pursuit is undertaken. I am not blaming the cop, I am just saying that sometimes it makes sense to weigh the infraction with the possible consequences of a mishap, should the stop ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 5:11 PM
nope, he was already speeding
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on May 26, 10 10:17 AM
Doubt he was going anywhere near the speed he accelerated to for the chase.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 1:22 PM
If so, then why so many traffic violations? Why a suspended license?
By cpk21 (16), Hampton Bays on May 26, 10 3:40 PM
Or.....perhaps if he kept his suspended ass off the road NONE of this would have happened!!
By 75Shovel (15), Southampton on May 25, 10 4:07 PM
Excellant riders don't take chances with loved ones lives!!!
By 75Shovel (15), Southampton on May 25, 10 4:10 PM
1 member liked this comment
Rational police officers do not chase super sport motorcycles on Napeague stretch. Where was the guy really going? Radio ahead for a road block.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 25, 10 4:24 PM
2 members liked this comment
Exactly, they could have easily stopped him safely before Amagansett.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 5:15 PM
ICE says:
Exactly, they could have easily stopped him safely before Amagansett.

Really? How many other PD cars were on the road at that date and time, and what makes you think he would have stopped because someone was signaling him to do so?
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 25, 10 5:22 PM
Ha Ha, really? The level of police saturation out here is nothing short of absurd. Why have all that man-power if they are not going to use it to safely diffuse situations like this?
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 25, 10 5:29 PM
1 member liked this comment
Terry - I'll tell you what makes me think he would have stopped, a roadblock. The type of motorcycle he was riding doesn't handle grass, sand or dirt. Block the road he has nowhere to go, except back to Montauk which is a dead end.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 7:24 PM
The police act in accordance to either local laws or police policies. I'd like to know the EHPD policy regarding the chasing of motorcycles in their jurisdiction.
By TimeWillTell (4), New York on May 27, 10 3:32 PM
or get their license suspended!
By saggirl (7), Sag Harbor on May 29, 10 10:00 PM
Many of you are forgetting the stupid things you did and escaped unharmed at age 19 . Either of these kids could be your son or daughter--just have a bit of sympathy for both families. The driver made a horrible, horrible judgment call and mistake (and we will probably never know why), and he will live with the consequences for the rest of his life.
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on May 25, 10 4:41 PM
Mrs. Sea -- I don't have kids, and I certainly never did anything stupid that could have resulted in DEATH. Sure I did stupid stuff but nothing as stupid as speeding on a motorcycle.

This guy definitely should be charged with manslaughter given that he was fleeing the police. Its not like he was "just" driving too fast and lost control of the bike. So tragic any way you look at it.
By Rich Morey (338), Brooklyn on May 25, 10 5:06 PM
1 member liked this comment
If we were all so honorable as you, this world would be such a better place. If you were truly honorable you would not be so quick to judge.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 5:18 PM
Speak for yourself on that one. 19 and invincible? The HELL YOU SAY!

I have, for one, "sped safely". But I didn't do it forever, and looking back I can fortunately say I was only that reckless with "my own life", so to speak. NO RIDERS. I even recall this old dirtbag euphemism: "No lights. No doubt.".

I have to agree with Mrs.Sea, and this young man has an extremely heavy burden now, and shall for the rest of his life. It will change all those involved forever, and he, as ...more
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on May 28, 10 3:27 AM
I am certainly not excusing his behavior. But I do ask, did you never drink and drive? That could have the exact same result.
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on May 25, 10 5:10 PM
Good call on the ever drink and drive! If he says no chances are he is lying!
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 5:17 PM
No, I never drank and drove -- you can ask anyone who knows me. And as you can see I'm not on here anonymously so it will be easy for you to ask me if they know me and ask if I'm lying.
By Rich Morey (338), Brooklyn on May 25, 10 11:12 PM
I find a pseudonym grants a certain freedom.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on May 29, 10 11:18 AM
Every year when the weather gets nice the motorcycles come out. These kids ride them becauses insurance is cheep and most only have a permit. Unfortunately, there are always many accidents usually with a fatality. So, if you choose to ride a motorcycle you might as well sign your donor card. Whether your at fault or not unfortunately you will be the one to pay with your life. A helmet offers little to no protection.
By lifesaver (116), speonk on May 25, 10 6:11 PM
Wrong. They do not ride them because insurance is cheap. A 19 year old male trying to insure a crotch rocket will be paying at the very least $4K for the year. Because they are in fact so dangerous insurance companies try to price them out.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 25, 10 7:03 PM
Lifesaver you say a helmet offers little to no protection. That is the single most foolish statement I've read on this thread. I know from personal experience that a helmet (full faced) is essential to protecting ones self on a motorcycle. Granted it isn't going to guarantee safety or survival, but it does help.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 7:30 PM
The only thing a helmet does is protect your face so when your family comes in to identify your corpse they have something to look at. It's the broken neck that generally kills you. Your head and neck and not made to withstand blunt force trauma.
By lifesaver (116), speonk on May 26, 10 7:57 AM
Tell you what you have a much better chance of surviving a blow to the head with a helmet on, than you do without one. No doubt about the broken neck not being helped by a helmet,but to say it doesn't offer any protection is just flat out wrong.
In a crash a helmet is going to slide as it hits the pavement, where a person's head if going to create more friction, more friction equals more pressure on the neck.
I imagine you have never worn a helmet since you think they don't provide any ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 1:29 PM
i agree
By kelly h (3), east hampton on Oct 5, 10 8:42 PM
She was my cousin, this moron took the only family member I understood and that understood me fully. I hope he gets locked away for the rest of his life.
By MParris623 (4), Mastic on May 25, 10 6:29 PM
MParris623: "I hope he gets locked away for the rest of his life."

Sorry for the loss of you relative, but that is not a realistic wish.
By Frank Wheeler (1805), Northampton on May 25, 10 7:30 PM
Vehicular Manslaughter Statutes in New York
The New York statute states that second degree vehicular manslaughter is defined as:

§ 125.12 Vehicular manslaughter in the second degree.

A person is guilty of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree when he or she causes the death of another person, and either: (paraphrased)

Is driving under the influence;
Drives a vehicle containing flammable gas that weighs more than 18,000 pounds in violation of another statute; ...more
By deelove (131), Bridgehampton on May 25, 10 7:57 PM
Check out separate story about drunken woman who killed a 15-year-old boy. She pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and got six months.
By bailey (52), East Hampton on May 27, 10 6:07 PM
To be tried for vehicular manslaughter there has to be other factors to go along with the death of a person. Probably running from police, wreck less driving 15 mph or more over the limit, suspended license or warrants for arrest. It's sad when you kill someone you know or love due to negligence, but laws are statutory regardless of relationship. If the offense meets the requirements of the statute, then they can be prosecuted.
By deelove (131), Bridgehampton on May 25, 10 8:09 PM
What a beautiful young woman.
My condolences to her family and friends.
By Uncle Fester (58), Southampton on May 25, 10 8:10 PM
His lack of judgment did not only take the life of his fiance, but also that of the child they just found out she was carrying, so he should be charged with both of their deaths.
By nsea93 (39), Southampton on May 25, 10 8:18 PM
1 member liked this comment
I read all these comments and the last one is too much- this guy made a decision to outrun, speed away from, whatever, the police while he had his pregnant fiance on his bike??? I don't need 'to know' Matthew to know he is a stupid, selfish boy who took TWO peoples lives! with his reckless behavior.
However fast your bike is, you see lights, you pull over. You can't pin this on anyone except the driver of that bike. Those making it seem like it's the cops fault need to get a grip and stop looking ...more
By LocalTeacher (23), Southampton on May 25, 10 9:03 PM
3 members liked this comment
Of course this is a horrible tragedy, of course the driver of the bike is at fault however it could have ended differently. Its as if you have never been on the stretch... Where the hell was getting away to? Nowhere. There are other people to consider besides the offender....this is where the officer failed in my opinion. The officer certainly did not cause this mishap, but did play a role in it IMO. I know it his duty to protect people but sometimes the definition of that is a little different ...more
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 25, 10 9:40 PM
i agree with you, localteacher...the cop was doing his job and the motorcyclist was in the wrong. End of story.
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on May 26, 10 10:32 AM
Now, that has alot of heart behind it.

Lovingly, scathingly honest. No two ways about it.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on May 28, 10 3:33 AM
When other crimes are not open to discussion I want to know why is this one SH Press?
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 25, 10 9:22 PM
Because it is a high-profile story involving a fatality. We followed the same policy when Luis Bermeo was arrested: http://www.27east.com/story_detail.cfm?id=202398
By BOReilly (134), 27east Web Editor on May 26, 10 9:28 AM
Thanks for responding. I am sorry, but I think your choice is totally based on sensationalism but then again, the news is the news and you make the choices. What a tragedy for that poor girl, may God bless her soul and her family.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 26, 10 9:02 PM
this is a total tragedy, one that lies totally on the shoulders of the driver/operator of the motorcyle. A little respect for his finace, unborn child, law....My heart gos out to her family, she wasn't in control at all. I doubt the order to take off came from the rear of the bike. 27 East can probablt eliminate half of these stupid comments, if those who comment would only read the artile and NOT read INTO the article. Where did it say the PD pursued till the crash......I didnt see that part maybe ...more
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 25, 10 9:27 PM
2 members liked this comment
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By BDO-FF/EMT-MFD (4), montauk on May 26, 10 9:15 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By elliot (243), sag harbor on May 25, 10 10:04 PM
Fish..I am with you..yes, he was speeding,he probably pissed off the officer by not stopping or slowing down..BUT..do you continue your pursuit to this end?? Why not call down to one of the other 25 officers in montauk to head him off ..maybe he would have calmed down in between..he surely wasn't going to escape from Montauk....this horrible tragedy resulting in a young preganant womans death was likely the result of the "Chase"..this is a parents worst nitemare..cops chasing their kids all over..chasing ...more
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on May 25, 10 10:12 PM
so just let the kids speed all over and the police should turn their heads....really smart!
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on May 26, 10 10:36 AM
No but sometimes for the good of all who are involved you need to know when to call off the chase.This could of been a bigger tragedy if he was to hit a car or run someone down.There's only one way in and one way out of that area .
By transplanted newyorker (15), northeastkingdom on May 29, 10 2:44 PM
again... what article are you reading....? where dies it say the pd chased until the crash? i must be missing a paragraph.and as far as power over jkids in community, maybe you should start tonite ( if you have kids or are close to some) and start teaching then respect for the law... this could have been avoided..yep..pull over , oh wait you have a suspended licesne, and a warrant, and you are driving your fiance, and oh yes , today you found out she was with child.... and oh yes she was scared ...more
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 25, 10 10:26 PM
1 member liked this comment
"Attempted to stop" "continued to pursue" "but didn't catch up"

The officer was certainly trying.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 26, 10 8:04 AM
he didn't catch up because he was not agressively going after him. He was doing his job
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on May 26, 10 10:37 AM
2 members liked this comment
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 26, 10 11:52 AM
He didn't catch up because as fast as a police cruiser is, it is no match for a Suzuki GXR.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 11:51 PM
By using the "reasoning" of some of you, all motorcyclists should ride rice rockets. You have decided that the police can't stop them, so if I ride one I will never get a ticket again. As soon as the PD puts on his lights, I just zoom off and leave my troubles behind. I just need to learn how to ride one of those things first.
Problem is, another media source, (and even this one) doesnt say anything about a "high speed" pursuit as some of you have turned this into. Those of you who think TV ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 26, 10 7:31 AM
1 member liked this comment
I believe the distinction was made between motorcyclists with passengers and those without. If the rider is alone, knock your socks off and try to catch him.

I think you mean "Ponce" or "John" from chips, unfortunately East Hampton doesn't have any officers on motorcycles. It would be beneficial to have a few in the summer for times when traffic gets jammed and a timely response is essential.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 11:58 PM
wrong again, i ran in the middle school race this past week, and they do have motorcycles.....such BAD and mislead info by alot of you..
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 28, 10 1:48 PM
If they do have them they aren't used for patrolling and police work. I have never seen one performing a traffic stop. Just because you say motorcycle cops at a race doesn't mean they were from the East Hampton PD. Suffolk County PD does have them, but I specified EAST HAMPTON:)
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 30, 10 5:49 PM
Obviously this has affected all of us. When I heard about it I felt so sad, sad for all involved. I also felt angry at the driver, but of what use this anger? This is a lose lose for all.
By rabbit (65), watermill on May 26, 10 8:16 AM
2 members liked this comment
first and foremost my heart goes out to the lauren's family. having a 19yr old daughter myself i feel there loss, i was extremly sad all day yesterday. after reading ALL the coments on this sight im baffled that any one can place blame on anyone other than the driver. a driver of any vehicle is totaly responsible of there passengers PERIOD! being an owner of a moterbike myself i know its a dangerous vehicle to start with. any speed over 70mph is nerve racking so the decision to try to evade ...more
By BDO-FF/EMT-MFD (4), montauk on May 26, 10 9:09 AM
officer pursued and didn't catch up until he saw the crash..motorcycle lost control because of high speed most likely...and the fact that a cop was in pursuit. a horrible mistake on the part of the kid driving..he has to live with that the rest of his life..so does the officer, what if he had backed off and called ahead?....so ..my deepest condolonces to the families..there is no greater pain..respect..well now that is something that needs to be addressed to all of us today...its losing ground, ...more
By gansetteer (125), East Hampton on May 26, 10 10:12 AM
The stretch takes another.
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on May 26, 10 10:39 AM
Ironically, Lauren is the second 19 year old woman in my life that was killed in a motorcycle accident involving a SCPD officer. Undeniably, Matt is responsible for his actions; however, so is the police officer and our lawmakers. There should be a law that prohibits officials from chasing any motorcycle with a passenger unless it involves the commission of a felony.
I extend my deepest condolences to Lauren's parents, sister, family and friends. She was a sweet, wonderful girl who will ...more
By clipper (1), Riverhead on May 26, 10 10:42 AM
Just what we need, another law to handcuff the people we hire to enforce our laws.......How about that law against driving with a suspended license?
Why was he on the road at all? Do not blame the police for doing their job.
By 75Shovel (15), Southampton on May 26, 10 12:16 PM
1 member liked this comment
There is a law against driving with a suspended license. Yet it is not worth risking lives to enforce. The cop was doing his job, but for him to think he could chase down a bike absent a crash is poor judgement.
I have heard stories of people who will pull up next to a cop on the LIE and flip him off just to frustrate him because there is no way for him to catch the bike, short of a heli.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 1:36 PM
1 member liked this comment
There are many people driving on our roads with no license or suspended/revoked licenses. Thing is, the pursuit was started simply based on speeding, it was stated that he had previous traffic violations, but there was no mention of any accidents.... There are people constantly speeding all over this Town/County/State to act like he was doing some thing aberrant is ridiculous. Not that it justifies it, but all you chastising his action better not be speeding yourselves. Pot calling the Kettle on ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 1:47 PM
I call it rhetoric, myself.
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on May 28, 10 3:39 AM
My sincerest sympathies to the family but to blame the Polcie officer for her her death is ridiculous
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 26, 10 11:30 AM
Oh and if you don't speed make sure you STOP completely at stop signs count to three then proceed. This I know for a fact is not done by 98% of drivers.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 1:49 PM
1 member liked this comment
This poor girl, she should have listened to her mom & stayed home. As for him....IF HE LOVED HER SOOOO MUCH HE WOULDNT HAVE BEEN SPEEDING IN THE FIRST PLACE.......AND WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE NO LESS. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING ANYTHING!! He knew she was terrified of that thing & obviously didnt care too much about that. SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT GUY!!
RIP Lauren.
By DTJM (2), Huntington on May 26, 10 1:54 PM
and didnt care too much about the fact that his fiancee "that he loved sooo much" was carrying his child when he sped away from a police officer. REAL RESPONSIBLE IDIOT!!
By DTJM (2), Huntington on May 26, 10 2:02 PM
this is in response to ICE.. I am the young womans aunt. HE was speeding with my niece on the back of his bike..going 10 miles over the speed limit is one thing going as fast as he was and NOT obeying the law is another. He KILLED my niece and their baby..dont you dare critisize people for their opinion I have read many opinions these last 2 days, If this were a family member of yours and they were killed, would your opinion be the same? Would you be stickiing up for the person that killed your ...more
By resqdvr2 (3), Alamo on May 26, 10 2:51 PM
1 member liked this comment
I am so very very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and all of your family will be in my prayers.
By cpk21 (16), Hampton Bays on May 26, 10 3:59 PM
I am sorry for your family as well, it is tragic. I'm not sticking up for him, but I am saying this could've been handled in a different manner as to the apprehension tactics. What do you want to bet that in a future similar situation, there will be different methods used to affect a traffic stop. I know everyone wants to demonize him now because of the results of his actions, I doubt he wanted to crash a kill your niece it was an accident, negligent yes, but still an accident. They were engaged ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 26, 10 8:44 PM
2 members liked this comment
Name your price, ICE. I am betting that nothing will change in the way V&T stops are done, because the is was done right and by the book. Cop on the side of the road, sees rice rocket zip by. Cops pulls into traffic, activates his overhead lights, whereupon rice rocket driver think he is above the law, and has driving abilities way beyond what he really does and he kills someone. There was nothing posted in any media account of this story that says otherwise, as much as you may want to infer that ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 27, 10 8:09 AM
2 members liked this comment
Not at all.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 27, 10 12:13 PM
I cannot begin to find the words to comfort you and your family during this horrific time. While this may sound inappropriate, remember Lauren's 19+ years as a blessing to your family. She sounded like a person who loved life and wanted to live life to its fullest.
.
Your family will be in my thoughts.
By TimeWillTell (4), New York on May 27, 10 2:37 PM
In light of the most recent comment posted below, what kind of loser are you to claim you are her aunt to give credence to your rant? People like are disgusting.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 30, 10 5:44 PM
The bottom line is - speeding is illegal & kills. Look how many deaths we've had out here lately due to speeding. The ONLY one responsible is the driver who breaks the law. My deepest sympathies to Lauren's family & friends.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on May 26, 10 4:08 PM
Condolances go out to Lauren's family.
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on May 26, 10 8:12 PM
1. this was not a SCPD Police Officer.
2. He did commit a felony when he decided to flee from a Police Officer attempting to make a legal stop.
3. he had a warrant out for his arrest
4. he had a suspended license
5. he knew the girl was scared and hated the damn crotch rocket he bought
6. and most important .......she was his fiance , high school sweetheart, and was with HIS CHILD.....nothing short of vehicluar manslaughter please MR SPOTA.
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 26, 10 9:21 PM
1 member liked this comment
My condolences to the Parris family.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 27, 10 9:17 AM
To say police officers shouldn't go after these crotch rocket ridders is rediculous. Then everyone of them whould be speeding around saying "the cops won't come after me". In the meantime they're putting themselves and everyone around them in jepordy. Speed kills reguardless if it involves a police chase or not. The police did their job. They saw a violation and attempted to made a traffic stop. They didn't force him to speed and flee. This is a choice he made all on his own. Driving is a privilege ...more
By lifesaver (116), speonk on May 27, 10 9:32 AM
Its not ridiculous, all they need is the plate # and/or a road block. That is what they do in CT. If a bike tries to run they back off and either get him at a road block or pick him up at his house later. Very effective. Keep in mind that most, if not all police cars have plate readers mounted on them. The officer does not have to try and read the plate as the plate reading device picks it up and they instantly know who it is.
Now keep in mind, the vast majority of people stop but once in a ...more
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 27, 10 11:33 AM
Show me a report that the officer was in pursuit of the bike. As best as I can tell, he saw the bike pass him at a high rate of speed, turned onhis overheads and then the idiot took off. The officer followed in the same direction and came upon the results of the idiots actions. Show me where the officer did anything resembling a high speed pursuit.
While I am at it, these plate readers? Arent you the least bit concerned about your loss of privacy, or the government knowing where your vehicle ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 27, 10 11:46 AM
"Attempted to stop" "continued to pursue" "but didn't catch up"

Come on now...
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 27, 10 12:00 PM
Sounds like the kid panicked when he saw the lights and heard the siren. He will tell the judge and jury what was his thinking to put himself in the position where he is today.
.
Not concerned about plate readers. They've been operating in different municipalities for at least 5 years now.
By TimeWillTell (4), New York on May 27, 10 3:29 PM
i would love to know who you are, and you must watch reruns and reruns of law and order, adam 12, mod squad, tj hooker, and you must be a wanna be cop... there are two plate readers in east hampton, and as soon as one goes past the operator does NOT know who is that vehciles registered owner....( i have a good friend from Montauk who is a cop) >>> stop spreading all your false knowledge.....you are full of it ....dont think youve gotten anything right on here yet
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 28, 10 1:57 PM
terry you seem smarter then fish, dont get sucked in...the plate readers do not tell the operator all the piticulars on the registered owner.....fish is free lancing
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 28, 10 2:02 PM
Same here(vt) they come to your house so you're not going too far.Alot of times they will also flick their lights on and off as a slow down signal.Ignore it and they're on you or they call ahead.
By transplanted newyorker (15), northeastkingdom on May 29, 10 2:54 PM
So what? That was not the point. The point was that they have the plate number. Are you suggesting that the police just give up because the "particulars" didn't show up instantly.

"Aw shucks guys, it didn't give me a name...Just a plate number. Looks like a dead end...."

Nobody was questioning Terry's intelligence, just his point of view. I am sure he is very intelligent.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 29, 10 10:29 PM
Correct me if I am wrong...you said they (cops) know in an instant who the registered owner of the vehicle is when it passes the License Plate reader...and ummmmm...oh yea YOUR WRONG !!!!!!!!! again.
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 30, 10 11:37 AM
1 member liked this comment
Attempted to stop= activation of overhead lights
continued to pursue= followed
didnt catch up=indicates iot was NOT a high speed pursuit.

Again, show me where any source has claimed or indicated that the cop was driving fast after this idiot. You and others continue to assume that the cop was running people of the road chasing this idiot.


By Terry (380), Southampton on May 27, 10 1:10 PM
1 member liked this comment
None of us will ever see an official report.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 27, 10 4:33 PM
Terry - So you don't approve of speeding, but you seem to be a fan of gambling. Are you okay with all consensual crimes or just gambling?
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 27, 10 8:27 PM

Following a Jesuit and/or Libertarian/Conservative philosophy as best I can ICE. Thanks for your concern as to my moral being, but that is a topic for another time and place. You do recall that you were the first to make a bet here, correct? As long as no one is being hurt, and it doesnt cost the taxpayer money, sure, I'll take your bet. What's your point? Do you question my morals because I believed this idiot caused this young lady's death by his stupidity? The facts are, this young lady ...more
By Terry (380), Southampton on May 27, 10 9:54 PM
Terry - When I used bet it was as a figure of speech, not a proposition. I don't question your morals, do you? I asked a question which was a legal one as far as your position on consensual crimes as a whole. This presupposes nothing of your moral character nor did I seek to judge it by your answer. It was even meant as a playful question, no need to get so serious and defensive over it.

No, it is not okay for crotch rockets or rice rockets to ignore the police and speed away. Will my ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 30, 10 6:02 PM
it is a no-bainer that people like this should be removed from society. I am shure there are many studies that will suggest all the ingredients that can lead to such a reckless behavior and maybe even excuse to some degree this kind of act, but the bottom line is that he put a premature end this girls life. with all the mixed feelings concerning a tragedy of this scale we got to remain focus and punish severely people who favor reckless and iresponsible and illiegal behavior someone must pay the ...more
By Haim (2), East Hampton on May 27, 10 9:23 PM
1 member liked this comment
Easy now, oh young republican.

I would ask that you walk a while in this other man's shoes. He could very well be curled up in ball, sobbing like a little boy who has lost his mother.

You have no idea what it it must be like to be him right now. In fact, I bet you don't EVER want to know what he feels like. I thought Hammurabi was a great guy, but his time has passed. We are allgedly "the most intelligent beings on the planet". We'll give you a few years to reflect on what ...more
By Mr. Z (10697), North Sea on May 28, 10 4:00 AM
My Dear Mr. Z

Please spare us your "more enlightened than thou" sermons.

I would rather agree with SagGirl comments below.
By elliot (243), sag harbor on May 29, 10 2:00 PM
did you ever stop to think that her family and friends are curled up ina ball and sobbing like they lost their daughter, cousin, niece, friend, grandchild, because of someone that has allready proved that he can not be functional as a member of society, lauren was pegnant!! he knew that! and still he only thought about himself!! no we should'nt be paying for his room and board, but id rather know hes off the streets and cant hurt anyone else !!!!!!
By kelly h (3), east hampton on Oct 5, 10 8:27 PM
Have you ever been 19? It is a tragedy that a young life was taken.At 19 you don't think of the consequences of your actions.Only to regret them later on.I did many stupid things when I was young.Maybe thats why I am so strict on my kids.I'm not making excuses for this kid but some of us have been there.And it could of ended the same way. I don't think the officer should of chased him when he saw they weren't stopping, then again once the lights came on I'm sure there was no turning back for this ...more
By transplanted newyorker (15), northeastkingdom on May 28, 10 10:22 AM
1 member liked this comment
Honestly... I don't really care what Matthew's going through. He wasn't under the influence so his wits should have been about him....therefore he should have known that running from the police is not a bright idea. Yes, he will have to live with this forever but at least he's living. This poor girll's family doesn't ever get to see her face again, or hear her voice again. Honestly I don't think I have to know Matthew to have an opinion, if anyone is being ignorant it was him and now you for even ...more
By saggirl (7), Sag Harbor on May 28, 10 11:51 PM
Remember what you just said the next time you are driving and texting.... You could be the next person that kills someone with their blatant disregard.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 29, 10 8:14 AM
1 member liked this comment
Lucky for me...... I don't text and drive you're once again assuming things mr. fish!
By saggirl (7), Sag Harbor on May 29, 10 9:38 PM
You know probably if it was my kid I would want the book thrown at him,until I got back to reality and looked at the situation. But You need to forgive for your own well being.He didn't do this intentionally.It wasn't a homocide.It was a bad decision.At 19 you are an idiot.Fearless,reckless plain stupid if you ask me.You think you know it all. I do have a 19 yr. old myself.And I have lost and wanted revenge in my life.God can't forgive you if you can't forgive others.Its an emotional nightmare ...more
By transplanted newyorker (15), northeastkingdom on May 29, 10 2:33 PM
1 member liked this comment
Ya know what guys? At the end of the day it doesn't matter who is right or wrong here. A terrible tragedy happened here. None of us were there, none of us will ever know how it went down but it did.
I for one am guilty of letting my emotions take over here, I am angry and quite upset that this accident happened and I can't even imagine (I have tried)what the family is going through. It just sucks, plain and simple.
I will always wonder if this could have been handled a different way but ...more
By Fish (14), East Hampton on May 29, 10 10:45 PM
You said, "Ya know what guys? At the end of the day it doesn't matter who is right or wrong here., "

Wrong.
It certainly DOES matter, particularly in bringing the offender to justice.

By elliot (243), sag harbor on Jun 1, 10 12:23 PM
Thats not what I meant. I meant who is right or wrong here, in this comment section. I meant that it is foolish for us to be arguing our differences in opinion. A girl lost her life and that is terrible.
By Fish (14), East Hampton on Jun 3, 10 11:18 PM
Being a 40+ year rider of bikes, this really IS disturbing. This man killed a woman, directly by his impetuous actions. He could have let her off the bike. Then, evaded police. OH, of course, he could have been a man, and just stopped, and took his punishment...like a man. So much for little boys on too fast bikes. OH, this is also not a 'tragedy'...this is a > criminal act< , and a violence against a woman, and her family. Where's the homicide/manslaughter charges..? He did not loose control ...more
By mideaster (1), york on May 30, 10 7:40 AM
heard manslaughter indictment..............can anyone confirm ? 27 east????
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on May 30, 10 11:40 AM
I am the Father of Lauren Marie Parris. There are no aunts living anywhere near NY that could possibly comment. I am staying far from this as I have my feelings and will not expose my Family to the kind of nonsense the media will drum up from this. I will tell you this... Lauren was terrified of the motorcycle because he was always speeding...Always. He bragged about doing 180 miles an hour on William Floyd Parkway.. We stood in my kitchen and she begged him to sell the bike. I expressed my feelings ...more
By DParris (12), Mastic Beach on May 30, 10 4:47 PM
May God Bless you during the hardest days of life which is ahead of you!!
By johnnyhampton (78), Southampton on Jun 1, 10 10:59 PM
Cast your Vote now!

http://www.telloneveryone.com/SMF_Forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=gvi2lr9dhm46k8j8bm10crpql4&topic=6.msg7%3Btopicseen#msg7Motorcyclist released on $150,000 bail
www.telloneveryone.com
Motorcyclist released on $150,000 bail
By DParris (12), Mastic Beach on Jun 24, 10 5:09 PM
he should be charged with two counts of murder, what about the baby??

GOD BLESS LAUREN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS
By kelly h (3), east hampton on Oct 5, 10 7:52 PM
Tourism, local  shopping, dining, Hamptons