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No Charges In Fatal Flanders Road Crash

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Michael Wright
and Colleen Reynolds   Nov 3, 2012 9:50 AM
Nov 7, 2012 8:24 AM

A Flanders man was struck by a vehicle and killed while riding his bicycle on Flanders Road on Friday night.

Southampton Town Police said that Robert L. Nelson, 50, was riding north on Flanders Road a little before 7:45 p.m. when he was struck by an SUV driven by Frank Austria, 72, of Flanders near the intersection with Cypress Avenue. The accident was reported to police by members of the Flanders Fire Department who were responding to a fire alarm nearby.

Police said it appeared that Mr. Nelson had veered into the northbound traffic lane just before being struck by Mr. Austria’s 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. No charges are expected to be filed.

Mr. Nelson sustained serious injuries in the accident and was treated by EMTs from the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps before being transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation of the scene caused the closure of Flanders Road for several hours.

Mr. Nelson’s family could not be reached for comment.

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I was nearby when this happened. Unfortunate as this is, I believe this was a result of the gentleman in the Jeep Grand Cherokee moving over to allow the fire truck responding to a fire alarm at the Crohan Community Center by, (another false alarm by those who use the building at night) and he subsequently struck the bicyclist. As traffic stopped, the fire truck was next behind Jeep. IMHO.
By fishdigger (3), southampton on Nov 3, 12 10:27 AM
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