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Oct 5, 2015 7:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed In Bridgehampton Accident Identified As Anna Pump; Police Identify Driver

Anna Pump in 1999.
Oct 8, 2015 11:29 AM



UPDATE: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

Southampton Town Police have identified the driver of the vehicle as Luis Ortega, 40, of Water Mill. According to police, Mr. Ortega was driving a 1997 Dodge pickup truck west on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton when he struck Ms. Pump, who was walking in the crosswalk near the post office.

Ms. Pump, of Noyac, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a press release issued late Tuesday afternoon. Police later clarified that Ms. Pump was taken to Southampton Hospital by Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance and pronounced dead there shortly after--Ed.

Mr. Ortega was arrested and charged with circumvention of an interlock device, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and failing to yield for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. He was taken to police headquarters in Hampton Bays for processing, released for medical treatment, and is due back in Southampton Town Justice Court next month.

Friends and peers were shocked to hear the news of Ms. Pump's death Tuesday, remembering her for not only the skilled chef that she was, but for her kindness, generosity, and elegance.

"She taught me so much about cooking,” said Ina Garten, who first met Ms. Pump back in 1979 when she interview for a job at the Food Network chef's first Barefoot Contessa food shop in Westhampton Beach. “I just remember meeting her and thinking, 'I want to be friends with this woman.' She was incredibly warm and generous to me. Rather than being competitors, we were friends and supporters.”

Eric Lemonides, owner of Almond restaurant in Bridgehampton, tearfully recalled the first time he met Ms. Pump as a teenager when he first patronized the Loaves & Fishes Foodstore in Sagaponack. “She was one of my inspirations out here. Literally, literally, literally,” he said.

Longtime friend Barbara White Ford of Sagaponack often traveled with Ms. Pump and went out for weekly dinners with her after they both lost their husbands years ago. She said she will never forget how hard-working Ms. Pump was, or how much her family meant to her.

“She was full of energy. An incredible role model. And just a wonderful friend,” Ms. Ford said. “She was an amazing person. She lived life to the fullest.”


UPDATE: Tuesday, 3 p.m.

Anna Pump, an author, innkeeper and founder of Loaves & Fishes in Bridgehampton, has died of injuries she suffered when she was struck by a vehicle on Main Street in Bridgehampton on Monday evening. She was 81.

Ms. Pump owned the Bridgehampton Inn and wrote four best-selling cookbooks, the most recent being “Summer on a Plate.”


UPDATE: Monday, 8:55 p.m.

Witnesses at the scene said the victim, an elderly woman, was crossing to the north side of Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, near the post office, when she was struck by a pickup truck heading west.

The victim was taken to Southampton Hospital by Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance for unknown injuries.

Montauk Highway between Butter Lane and School Street remained closed as police continue to investigate the accident.


Original Story

Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton was closed between Butter Lane and School Street Monday night as authorities cleared and investigated the scene of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian accident.

According to Southampton Town Police, a call came in around 7:30 p.m. about a woman who was hit by a vehicle on Montauk Highway. Police were unable to specify the nature of her injuries.

The Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance company also responded to the scene.

No other information was immediately available.

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My heart breaks for this poor family and the entire Bridgehampton/Sagaponack community. Anna was the loveliest most inspiring woman you ever could have had the pleasure of meeting. An absolute tragedy.
By GlassHouses (63), anywhere on Oct 6, 15 3:29 PM
So very sorry to hear. Condolences to her family.
By RUOK2 (13), Water Mill on Oct 6, 15 3:33 PM
What a heartbreak! Anna was such a hard worker and her face is one of the most recognizable ones in Bridgehampton--I remember her as far back as the 70's when she ran the original Loaves & Fishes and everyone lined up for her delectable food! My heartfelt condolences to her family and her dear friends!
By Paula Hathaway (2), Southampton on Oct 6, 15 3:52 PM
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pick didn't stop?
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Oct 6, 15 3:53 PM
Oh, no. My deepest condolences to the family. Tragic.
By nauti lady (25), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 15 3:53 PM
OMG, this is terrible news. Condolences to her family. RIP Anna.
By sueg (10), Bridgehampton on Oct 6, 15 3:59 PM
Anna was a huge asset to our community and a dear friend of my family dating back to the early 1980s. I am heartbroken at the needlessness of this accident. May God bless her wonderful family. Fred Cammann
By Fred Cammann (1), bridgehampton on Oct 6, 15 4:10 PM
A real tragedy !
A huge loss!
So sad!
By ladyfingar (2), Sag Harbor on Oct 6, 15 4:18 PM
This is such a tragedy. Anna was an integral part of our Bridgehampton community It was always a real treat when my mother brought home a "surprise" from Loaves and Fishes. She inspired my love of cooking and my nerve to start my own business as I watched Loaves and Fishes from the very beginning turn into a beloved institution. My love and condolences go out to her family and everyone who knew and loved her.
By Dakini (1), Mount Dora on Oct 6, 15 4:28 PM
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What a sad and senseless end to such a wonderful life. We've lost an important member of our community.

No mention is made of the driver -- did he or she stop? are any charges being filed? I hope Anna never knew what happened and died peacefully.
By samesta (3), Water Mill on Oct 6, 15 4:46 PM
This is a horrible shock. I cannot imagine Loaves&Fishes without Anna. So very sad.
By Amagansett (2), Amagansett on Oct 6, 15 5:21 PM
I so saddened by this terrible news. I met Anna in the early 1980's - always thought she was a great person who created and built a terrific business. Deep heartfelt condolences to the family
By lulubelle (1), Sagaponack on Oct 6, 15 5:23 PM
Why is there no information on the pickup truck driver? Is he/she hurt? Is there a name? Were charges filed? Common folks, his is basic news gathering.
By saveamerica1 (2), Southampton on Oct 6, 15 5:25 PM
Anna RIP, Our prayers are with you. She did our wedding so many years ago. What a loss. My heart bleeds for the family,
By DCorwith (1), Southampton on Oct 6, 15 6:03 PM
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By cat (18), Riverhead on Oct 6, 15 6:13 PM
She was a terrific woman with great drive and amazing vision. I knew her for more than 25 years starting when she made the shop on Sagg Main famous for exceptional foods.
This brings up a critical need in Bridgehampton. The cross walks are not clearly marked and are not illuminated as they are In East Hampton. When people do use the cross walks it is nearly impossible to see them.
This is a very sad wake up call. I hope that the Bridgehampton CAC might raise funds to do what they do ...more
By Sagaponack7 (1), SAGAPONACK on Oct 6, 15 7:37 PM
So circumventing an Interlock is just a misdemeanor? That's a joke.
By harbor (392), East Hampton on Oct 6, 15 7:56 PM
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By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Oct 6, 15 8:58 PM
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I have known her for 18 years and I am so saddened to hear this. Just a great lady and a tremendous business owner. She will be missed. RIP Anna.
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 15 9:23 PM
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By LovinLife (57), East Quogue on Oct 6, 15 11:21 PM
Driver had no license according to newsday. The driver circumvented an interlock device most like court appointed for drunk driving. Enough is enough. The community has to take a stand. All illegal aliens withouth a valid license should not be operating motor vehicles. RIP Ms. Pump. I was at Loaves and fishes on Sunday and can't believe this has happened.
By ArturoBandini (24), on Oct 6, 15 11:25 PM
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The Daily News reported today that in NYC only 5% of DWI violators have installed the court ordered interlock device. The Statewide compliance is just under 30%. The court system is a joke.
By Dr Spock (36), Hampton Bays on Oct 8, 15 1:38 PM
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By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Oct 7, 15 3:49 AM
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RIP Anna Pump. I met you some years ago at Loaves and Fishes and you were just such a delight to speak with. God bless you and your family.
By MaryGrady (40), on Oct 7, 15 8:12 AM
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When will this stop ? When the PC police and ACLU says it's ok ???????
By Biba (541), East Hampton on Oct 7, 15 8:13 AM
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By pcone (28), hampton bays on Oct 7, 15 8:17 AM
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By Bond007 (21), Hampton Bays on Oct 7, 15 9:13 AM
The police in Southampton, and especially East Hampton, should learn a lesson and act as Shelter Island does. Have daytime spot checks early morning for drivers licenses. No license car is impounded and when case is adjudicated, auction off the vehicle. This guy should be thrown in jail for homicide, which it was. He had no license, what was he doing with that device in his truck?? are the towns condoning no licenses? Or are they along with the county just in it for the bucks. This will not be the ...more
By glorydays (6), east hampton on Oct 7, 15 9:38 AM
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So damn sad. Those crossing lanes need to be lit like Chrismas lights. Just commented last night while driving though Bridgehampton main street how dark the street is.
By auntof9 (137), Southampton on Oct 7, 15 10:38 AM
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I agree with you auntof9 as I drove through there last night and the lighting was horrible; two people were crossing the street by Candy Kitchen and I could barely see them and it was 8:30 at night!!!
By MaryGrady (40), on Oct 7, 15 11:58 AM
Follow the lead from Montaukians -- flood the town board meetings with hundreds of angry people demanding change. Hundreds. Get everyone you know to show up and demand change and let them know you'll be back until change happens. Write letters -- not emails, but "snail mail" letters. Keep a copy. Send faxes. Send these to state representatives, congress persons and senators. Call the board every day and ask what the plan is for change. You have a right to demand answers, demand change and find ...more
By btdt (435), water mill on Oct 7, 15 1:58 PM
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I have complained and pleaded with Town hall and the Highway department for years about improving that crosswalk as I used it daily for years to walk across the street to get the mail! They knew how dangerous it was but refused to ack! they always said they had no money to do anything! This is on their heads! Anna Throne-Holst was notified as wellas the highway department years ago!
By PBXER (3), Watermill on Oct 7, 15 3:25 PM
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By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Oct 11, 15 2:48 PM
Ok, so this guy has at least 1 prior and has now killed somebody but was released. Can someone explain to me why he was not considered a flight risk?
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Oct 7, 15 6:52 PM
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like the illegal immigrant who called the Nun and fled to Guatemala .. we wont see him again.
By GALAXIE (43), SAG HARBOR on Oct 10, 15 1:08 AM
Not only is Anna Pump's death a senseless and infuriating tragedy, it is an absolute disgrace! It was 7:30 p.m. She was in the crosswalk. According to the story, "The sign warning motorists of pedestrians in the crosswalk by the post office had been lying by the side oif the road." It had been installed and paid for by a Bridgehampton resident. Excuse me! There is a "do-nothing police force, a do-nothing town board and the Town Police Chief is a joke." "The street light near the Candy Kitchen has ...more
By Phyllisann (11), Lebanon on Oct 7, 15 7:21 PM
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Please stop with the excuses. It wan't the light, it wasn't the town, it wasn't the crossroad, it was the DRIVER. And he's out there, now . . .driving around. After at least three serious incidents. Want to blame someone? How about the cops? Put the motherf**ker behind bars!!!!
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Oct 7, 15 11:10 PM
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You can't put him behind bars when he has fled the country!
By pcone (28), hampton bays on Oct 8, 15 12:29 PM
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Very sad news ! Some of these people don't have any respect for the rule of law ( as they don't in their country of origin either). This is NOT the first incident.
My condolences go out to her family. She will be missed.
By brillem (1), Sagaponack on Oct 8, 15 8:15 AM
Condolences to the family.

Among her many accomplishments, Anna Pump set the standard for lobster salad decades ago, quite literally, as an Internet search will show. An August 2009 an article from eastendedible provides a brief overview of her career, and also gives a nice glimpse into the person IMO. Author Kelly Smith writes:

"I felt like a kid in a candy shop the first time I went into Loaves and Fishes food shop on Sagaponack Road.

" 'It looks like a little shack ...more
By PBR (4906), Southampton on Oct 8, 15 10:19 AM
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How sad and ironic to know that one of the most successful and incredible business personalities of the Hamptons is run over while in a cross walk returning to yet another establishment she successfully created in Bridgehampton. Just think about it. Quaint, quiet and beautiful Bridgehampton has become a death trap to those who live and work here. Anna Pump was only trying to cross the street to a business she created and owned. Like you, me or our kids trying to cross the street to go home. ...more
By PCB (7), Sagaponack on Oct 8, 15 2:08 PM
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This just breaks my heart. What a wonderful, hardworking, tight knit family Anna has . And such a senseless, horrific way to die. Anna was a mentor to me and I will never forget her. She was quite something! Hardworking, elegant, funny and had great soulfulness.
By PattyWB (2), Southampton on Oct 8, 15 3:45 PM
I think one of the many reasons why Anna Pump's death is registering with so many East Enders is due to a reason we may not note. Her demise reflects, on a deep and almost unconscious level, so many of the aspects of contemporary life on the East End.

The elements are chilling yet disturbingly almost...cinematic.

A highly successful foodie/ self-made lifestyle entrepreneur to the extremely rich and famous gets off a Jitney after a day in the city and is hit and dragged down ...more
By candyw (20), wainscott on Oct 8, 15 4:55 PM
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You are absolutely correct!
By PattyWB (2), Southampton on Oct 8, 15 10:12 PM
Whatever Judge this driver goes before - please THROW THE BOOK OF JUSTICE AT THIS SCOFFLAW!

How many times has he driven drunk - how many times without even a license?

And how do you circumvent a breath test device without breaking the law? And how do you hit a person in a cross walk - was the driver on the phone? - does he know the traffic laws - did he ever take a driving test or apply for a license?

I am no fan of Donald Trump - but THIS is the guy he is referring ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Oct 9, 15 2:45 PM
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Gone too soon...Loaves and Fishes maven Anna Pump..always would be there with delicacies that she would offer me to taste...started me knowing how to make that Filet Mignon and Lobster Salad just right...she was such Lady in everyway - and I will miss her knowledge,Grace and Style....
I loved what the family became all these years later in Bridgehampton...well
This Sag Harbor Girl will miss you...Rest in Peace... We know that you are in the palm of Gods hands..

Judian T.J.Cooney
Enchanting ...more
By Jude of Bay Point (1), Sag Harbor on Oct 9, 15 4:56 PM
Please ..... Let us make this tragedy the last one by getting the roads properly lit and let's ticket all the people texting and driving not to mention the one's driving without licenses and intoxicated.

Anna deserves that!

By dawn22 (6), Southampton on Oct 9, 15 7:19 PM
everyone on the roads deserves nothing less. so sorry Anna lost her life for a person who should not have been driving but should have been deported after prior arrests.probably long gone by now. a life was tragically lost and he gets an appearance ticket for November? the SHTPD should be ashamed by this tragedy as well as the hit and run of the Sister in Water Mill. RIP Anna we all loved and admired you for the strong woman you were and you will not be forgottten by all your friends. Heartfelt ...more
By xtiego (694), bridgehampton on Oct 10, 15 5:02 PM
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It's a tragedy. It's time to light this cross walk up. Same for the one in Watermill.

East Hampton took immediate action after the loss of John Jiras many years ago. Why can't Alex Gregor do the same for Southampton?!
By Harbor Master (105), Sag Harbor on Oct 10, 15 9:30 PM
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That is a STATE road, NOT a town road...Gregor has absolutly NO authority over that road...contact Fred Thiel to get the STATE highway Dept to do something!
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Oct 11, 15 2:46 PM
license spot checks ... Or will the ACLU say that's against someones " rights".
By Biba (541), East Hampton on Oct 10, 15 11:42 PM
Obviously the State of New York is too busy to mind these little crosswalks and sections of road in the Hamptons - their thinking probably goes along the lines of - "Let the Hamptons deal with the road themselves..." - Directed at you North Sea Native - did you contact Fred Thiel? Doesn't Alex Gregor have any authority to do that - contact the State for problem intersections that apparently cannot be handled by our local highway department. Isn't there some chain of communication whereby he can ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Oct 11, 15 3:34 PM
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NorthSeaNative you say that this has nothing to do with the Town of Southampton then please explain to my why back in April the was a bid for "2015 Installation of Bridgehampton Crosswalks" for the crosswalks on Route 27 in Bridgehampton???????
By bonac79 (18), East Hampton on Oct 14, 15 12:54 PM
It is a terrible thing for all invilved; anna Pump and her family and Luis Ortega and his family. Now we know that he was not DUI at the time and he is a legal immigrant. So stop with the xenophobic and horrible comments. The main responsibility lies with the safety wizards of our area. Route 27 is a main road and as such has lots of traffic. It cuts through the villages and as such, either we stop people from crossing it (obviously a ridiculous suggestion) or then make those crossing areas highly ...more
By Mass48 (3), East Hampton on Oct 14, 15 6:19 PM
Bonac79, I can't answer that question, that would be something to ask the Southampton Town Board since they took that upon themselves to do and not the highway dept...their concern at the time of that bid was for a crosswalk near the library not the crosswalk by the post office. It clearly has not been done as of yet. The state repairs, plows and maintains their roads to the best of their abilities with their small crews. That's what your state taxes pay for.

Vikki K, I have absolutly ...more
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Oct 14, 15 8:23 PM
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FYI ...the Town engineer ultimately has a say on all road improvements. The engineering department governs all applications and proposals way before the before the DOT gives their stamp of approval. The state simply provides a permit which regulates the work and traffic flow during construction. If we want illumination in the crosswalks (just like East Hampton) our local Township has the authority to put them in.
By Harbor Master (105), Sag Harbor on Oct 14, 15 8:54 PM