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Jan 8, 2016 8:07 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Driver Of Car In Fatal Friday Bridgehampton Crash Identified

Alejandra Otavalo of East Hampton is inconsolable as she discovers that her husband, Cesar Marin, was killed in a car crash on Friday morning. DANA SHAW DANA SHAW
Jan 8, 2016 2:50 PM

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

Southampton Town Police have identified the victim in the early morning bus crash as 27-year-old Cesar Marin of East Hampton.

Mr. Marin was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV on Montauk Highway near Windmill Lane when he veered into the eastbound lane and hit the bus, according to a release from Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa. He was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office.

The Bridgehampton Ambulance transported the driver of the bus, Andrzej Jaglowski, 50, of Riverhead, to Southampton Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Southampton Town Police, its detectives, the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office as well as the Bridgehampton Fire Department and Ambulance all responded to the scene.

UPDATE: 11:15 a.m.

The accident Friday morning involving a Suffolk County bus and a Ford Explorer was caused by black ice—one of several accidents resulting from ice, according to Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph.

The male driver of the SUV, who has not yet been identified, crossed into the path of the bus, which was traveling eastbound. "They hit head on," Lt. Ralph said.

Despite previous reports of several injuries, Lt. Ralph said that she has not been made aware of any.

Witnesses described a dramatic moment at the scene, where a woman made her way past police, approached the wrecked car, lifted up the sheet, began screaming and collapsed. Lt. Ralph confirmed that a woman did run up to the car, but she did not know who it was.

The road was still closed as of 11:15 a.m.

Southampton Town Police responded to 15 accidents within an eight hour period caused by icy roadways, Lt. Ralph said. Police were called to the first accident at about 1:30 a.m. and the last at 9:36 a.m.

UPDATE: Friday, 10 a.m.

Southampton Town Police Lieutenant Susan Ralph said the driver of the vehicle that collided with the bus was pronounced dead.

Further information was not available.

Original Story

An accident involving a transit bus and another vehicle closed part of Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton early Friday morning and left several injured.

According to Southampton Town Police Sergeant Michael Joyce, the road was closed between Newlight Lane and Hayground Road. The injured were taken to Southampton Hospital for treatment.

The Southampton Town Police Department, the Bridgehampton Fire Department and the Bridgehampton Fire Department Ambulance all responded to the scene at about 6:54 a.m., Sergeant Joyce said.

At about 7:45 a.m., that part of Montauk Highway was expected to be closed for about two more hours.

Further information was not immediately available, including the cause of the accident. The investigation is ongoing.

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yes the roads were terrible and our taxes keep going up!!!!where was the Southampton Highway Dept, they raise our taxes, cut our leaf program and services and now they can't salt the icy roads!!!
By tpbennett (2), hampton bays on Jan 8, 16 8:56 AM
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Its a state road, not town.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 8, 16 12:11 PM
Saw one State DOT truck salting in Water Mill this morning, that's it!!!
By MaryGrady (40), on Jan 8, 16 9:09 AM
Horrible looking accident. I hope that those involved are okay.
By Callie (30), Sag Harbor on Jan 8, 16 9:12 AM
Man dead for lack of salt on icy road, shameful
By Tony Ernst (10), Southampton on Jan 8, 16 10:19 AM
The HAMPTONS Bureaucratic leaders treat their LOCAL CITIZENS WORSE then ANY other place I've lived(and I lived in the Bronx).I called police twice while I lived there, no one EVER showed up. Roads are horrendous AND extremely hazardous, instead of correcting the root of the problem, they lower speed limits-AKA TICKET EVERYONE! Money not used for public bathrooms, clearing debris off roads,. They EXPECT donations and volunteers(like Fire Dept) . The police are highest paid in probably ALL of N.Y. ...more
By shivanow (1), East Hampton on Jan 8, 16 10:56 AM
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Then leave.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 8, 16 12:10 PM
Hi Alec
By Erin 27 E (1186), hampton bays on Jan 9, 16 11:22 AM
I really think it is in poor taste to show photos of the accident with the sheet draped over the door. Obviously the poor victim is still in the car. There's no need to show that.
By Rich Morey (351), East Hampton on Jan 8, 16 4:19 PM
Worse than the Patch used to be.
By Woods woman (133), East hampton on Jan 9, 16 7:44 PM
That photo is about the most tasteless photo I have seen, Just like something you would find in the supermarket rag magazines. HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THE FAMILY AND THE DESEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By J. Totta (102), Sag Harbor on Jan 8, 16 4:22 PM
How in the world could they anticipate black ice when frost has only just started happening recently? Usually roads are prepared with salt or ash when snow or ice storms or freezing rain is anticipated. Highway preparers are not clairvoyant. Let us determine first the speed the driver was travelling and their skill set or impairment (e.g. was the driver a licensed driver? under any influence of alcohol? was the driver texting or using a cellphone?) before casting aspersions on the highway maintenance. ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 8, 16 4:43 PM
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No casting aspsersions??? Ummm the facts are we know the roads were icy, and you choose to throw shade at the driver who died? Speeding, DUI, unskilled, using a cell phone? We only know for sure about one possible contributing cause. ICE! Keep your "aspersions" to yourself.
By Arnold Timer (315), Sag Harbor on Jan 8, 16 7:02 PM
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"The density of traffic was never meant for these roads..." What a true statement. If the good folks of Southampton and East Hampton Town had not stopped the construction of Sunrise Highway (Rt. 27) to Amagansett, we would not have the problems we have, now and especially in the summer on what is now called Rt. 39. Too late now folks! The birds have flown the coop! Stop complaining! It's your own fault!!!
By mrgatis (2), Montauk on Jan 8, 16 9:52 PM
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"Contributing cause," is the key phrase here. Contributing to what? Everything must be investigated and taken into account. We will not know "everything" until the coroner's report. Even then!? Let's keep an open mind until ALL the facts are known. You make the driver sound like an angel - well maybe he is and maybe he isn't. Vikki K said it right!
By mrgatis (2), Montauk on Jan 8, 16 9:55 PM
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Please dont make the vikki k's ego any larger than it already is
By Erin 27 E (1186), hampton bays on Jan 9, 16 11:25 AM
Hey - Erin - why are you making this a personal attack on me?
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 9, 16 3:06 PM
Tough crowd;)
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 16 6:49 PM
Agree with your comments above and below dnice - and also replied to Arnold Timer's comments in another paragraph below... generally speaking your comments seem to make a lot of sense - and in particular - yes - this black ice was out of nowhere - but caused 3 accidents within the same time frame that are in the paper and probably others that did not turn out so badly....upstate black ice accident killed a 16 year old friend's friend & co-worker - can never forget that....
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 10, 16 2:42 PM
This bad road day snuck up on us. It is tragic that it happened but sometimes these things are unavoidable. I was quite surprised this am when I slid across the entrance ramp to 39 and the temp was 35. I haven't had to think about icy conditions for a long time. I'll be thinking about it now.
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on Jan 8, 16 6:44 PM
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Condolences to the family. According to other news sources, the woman pictured next to the vehicle was the victim's wife, who was so distraught that she had to be taken to the hospital. Not an easy way to learn of such a tragic loss . . .

As dnice says, this black ice event snuck up on us. Unless one learned to drive in a location with frequent black ice, the subtle first warnings are often missed at low speeds . . .

Rest in Peace.
By PBR (4906), Southampton on Jan 9, 16 8:16 AM
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Well said PBR...
By bird (776), Sag Harbor on Jan 9, 16 7:34 PM
Whoever posted that photo with the article really thinks its ok to show this poor woman in most likely the worst moment in her life??? For all the world to see? Just wow.
By squeaky (289), hampton bays on Jan 9, 16 8:30 AM
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Its really funny how this paper will remove comments for being inappropriate, but they will use this horrible photo to sell their newspaper, YOU SHOULD BE
ASHMED OF YOU SELF MR. EDITOR, Hope your family NEVER has to have
this happen to them then be EXPOLTED BY LOSER PAPER!! Bet they will take this post down and leave this horrible photo!!!!!!
By sagharborparent (30), sag harbor on Jan 9, 16 11:43 AM
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IF this is an open forum - my comments about this unfortunate incident & the awful loss of a LIFE were in response to those comments prior to mine. People seemed to be blaming the road maintenance entirely for this accident (and using this incident somewhat coldly to voice their resentment at having to pay taxes.) My thought offers that there may have been other mitigating factors in this very unfortunate circumstance & that the driver himself may have in some way been responsible for what happened. ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 9, 16 2:56 PM
Extremely bad taste to put this poor woman's photo as the lead for this story . This is not the Southampton Press that I grew up with .
By AndersEn (161), Southampton on Jan 10, 16 2:49 PM
Once again -- condolences to the family for your sudden and tragic loss.

When the article is updated for the print edition, perhaps the following apparent inconsistencies can be clarified.

According to the article the victim's SUV was heading west, and the bus eastbound [apparently IMO right in front of the old Corrigan's gas station (now a car repair place) -- see photo 9 of 9 for the cars parked in front of this facility -- assuming all photos are taken from the east near Newlight ...more
By PBR (4906), Southampton on Jan 10, 16 6:48 PM
Funny that I new that would take down my comment but not this horrible photo. Mr, Editor I pray your family NEVER HAS to got thru this horrible accident then be exposed in the paper!! with a nasty photo!
By J. Totta (102), Sag Harbor on Jan 11, 16 8:33 AM
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Disgusting use of a photo SH Press - you're supposed to be above that. No one needs/wants to see that, let the family grieve.
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jan 11, 16 9:06 AM
There's nothing wrong with the photo. It's called Journalism.
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 12, 16 11:21 AM
Not appropriate for the Press which covers small town. They could have gotten journalism across in many other ways
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Jan 12, 16 11:56 AM
It's called sensationalism . Sure it's a form of journalism and it's extremely tacky .
By AndersEn (161), Southampton on Jan 13, 16 8:17 AM
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It is sensationalism, and the Victim's family is further traumatized. The Police will end up extending the crime scenes further and further to keep this photographer and his paper away from the scene - The press can go where the public can go - anything else is at the discretion of the person holding the perimeter. Sometimes police can forget that or even misunderstand it. Very sad situation.
By harrisw (27), sh on Jan 13, 16 11:47 AM
Shame on you, Southampton Press, for publishing a picture of this unfortunate lady who has just learned that her husband was killed in a horrible accident. Such invasive pictures are seen in the worst of the tabloids, but one would hope that The Southampton Press would never stoop to that level. Surely, if this lady lived in the estate section, her picture would not have been published due to its sensitive nature. Shame, shame, shame. You should hang your heads and beg the lady's forgiveness.
By SusieD (112), Southampton on Jan 15, 16 10:38 AM