A two-car accident on Route 114 in East Hampton at 12:34 p.m. on Sunday claimed one life and left three people seriously injured. It was the fifth fatality involving a motor vehicle in the town this year.
East Hampton Town Police shut the road down until approximately 8 p.m. while investigating the accident, rerouting traffic to Daniel’s Hole Road and South Breeze Drive.
On Monday morning they identified the people involved. Douglas Foster Schneiderman, 51, of McLean, Virginia, who was driving north on Route 114 when his vehicle was struck head-on, was pronounced dead at the scene. His two passengers, Elisabeth Schneiderman, 51, and Rachael Schneiderman, 16, were taken by East Hampton Village Ambulance Association volunteers to Southampton Hospital, where they were admitted with serious injuries.
Brian K. Midgett Jr., 20, of East Hampton, who had been driving south in a pickup truck, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, also with serious injuries, according to East Hampton Town Police.
Police said Mr. Midgett’s pickup truck had crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with the Volvo Mr. Schneiderman was driving. East Hampton Town Det. Lt. Chris Anderson on Monday said that he could not comment further while the crash was still being investigated, even to say what the investigation was looking into. Whether speed was a factor would be weighed “as a possible contributing factor as we do in all accidents,” he said. He declined to say whether police were investigating alcohol as possible factor. Det. Lt. Anderson also said that, due to privacy laws, he could not speak about the condition of those who were injured.
In addition to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, the East Hampton Fire Department and volunteers from Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton responded to the scene. East Hampton Fire Chief Thomas Bono said that perhaps 30 to 40 fire volunteers responded with heavy rescue equipment.
Both the pickup truck and the Volvo were impounded for safety checks, according to police. Detectives have asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call the police at (631) 537-7575.