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Mar 22, 2019 9:39 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Remains Of Krupinskis' Grandson Killed In Amagansett Plane Crash Are Identified

William Maerov with his grandparents Ben and Bonnie Bistrian Krupinski.         RICHARD LEWIN
Mar 26, 2019 1:24 PM

The remains of William Maerov, the last unaccounted-for passenger of the plane crash that killed Ben and Bonnie Krupinski last June, were found in January on an ocean beach in Amagansett, East Hampton Town Police Detective Sgt. Daniel Toia revealed this week.

Mr. Maerov was 22 years old when a small twin-engine plane owned by the Krupinskis, who were his grandparents, crashed into the ocean less than a mile off Atlantic Beach in Amagansett.

Sgt. Toia said on Friday that “some partial skeletal remains” were located within a few days of each other in early January near Indian Wells Beach. Police sent the remains to the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office, along with DNA samples from family members, Sgt. Toia said. In the beginning of March, the medical examiner was able to confirm the remains as those of Mr. Maerov.

The plane’s pilot, Jon Dollard, 47, of Hampton Bays, died in the crash along with Mr. Maerov and the Krupinskis, who were 70. The plane had been one of two owned by the family that was en route from Rhode Island to East Hampton Airport.

The other plane landed safely. But the plane carrying the Krupinskis and Mr. Maerov flew into the leading edge of a thunderstorm that was moving quickly from north to south across the South Fork. Radar tracking the plane, a Piper Navajo, showed it go through a series of steep altitude losses and climbs in the moments before it vanished from radar and crashed into the sea, according to a report on the crash by the National Transportation Safety Board in July 2018.

The bodies of Mr. and Ms. Krupinski were recovered from the ocean the day of the crash by East Hampton Town lifeguards. The wreckage of the plane was found by East Hampton Town Police scuba divers on June 8, and Mr. Dollard’s body was recovered from the fuselage. Police called off the search for Mr. Maerov after a week and a half.

Mr. Maerov was memorialized at the funeral for his grandparents on June 8. There was no casket, but two dozen of Mr. Maerov’s classmates from Georgetown University and St. Andrew’s School led the processional out of the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, each wearing one of their missing friend’s neckties. In the eulogy, his father, Lance Maerov, thanked the police dive teams that were still actively searching for his son’s body at the time.

Mr. Maerov’s mother, Laura Krupinski, died last month at the age of 53. His father and younger sister, Charlotte Maerov, survive him.

The Krupinskis were remembered in the days after the crash as perhaps East Hampton’s most important business family, employers of hundreds of local residents, and overwhelmingly generous supporters of the East Hampton community and many of its nonprofit groups.

The philanthropy of Ms. Krupinski, who was a member of the Bistrian family, and her husband was described by many as irreplaceable to established organizations and for the private way the couple often directed support to less fortunate residents of the community.

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May they all rest in peace.
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