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May 27, 2009 12:25 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays man dies in one-car crash on Saturday night

May 27, 2009 12:25 PM

A Hampton Bays man was killed Saturday night after his minivan crashed into a tree along Jones Road in East Quogue, according to Southampton Town Police.

Michael Maffia, 58, was the lone occupant of the 2007 Honda Odyssey that crashed into a road sign and tree in front of 14 Jones Road. A 911 call reporting the accident came in at 10:46 p.m. on Saturday, police said.

Mr. Maffia was returning from a barbecue at the home of his son Michael who lives with his wife, Lisa Jean, on Newtown Road in Hampton Bays. Mr. Maffia’s wife of 26 years, Rita, said that he suffered a heart attack while driving and hit a tree.

He was less than a quarter mile from their Sherwood Road home.

Ms. Maffia, who was traveling in another vehicle, said she left the barbecue several minutes after her husband. “He usually gets tired,” she said. “We try to be home by 11 p.m.”

When she arrived home, she noticed that her husband’s minivan was not in the driveway and that there was an accident near the intersection of Jones Road and Sherwood Road.

When she approached the accident scene, she saw that her husband was lying on a stretcher.

“The police said stand back,” she said. “I said ‘but that’s my husband.’”

Ms. Maffia said that her husband, whom she described as a family man above all else, was suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes. She added that Mr. Maffia, who worked for the Suffolk County Deeds and Real Property Department, was a kind, caring and gentle man. “He was one in a million,” she said.

Town Police and members of the East Quogue Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Department responded to the accident. Mr. Maffia was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. It is unclear how fast Mr. Maffia was traveling. Ms. Maffia said that she and her husband always made it a habit of wearing their seat belts.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Maffia is survived by two sons, Michael and Matthew John, and a daughter, Christine Rodgers, all of Hampton Bays.

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What a sad loss! Our thoughts are with you Maffia family.
By RealLocal (76), Bridgehampton on May 27, 09 4:49 PM
Michael was always very kind to me at work, he will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Maffia family.
By cush870 (31), east quogue on May 28, 09 8:37 AM
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