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Aug 20, 2015 10:51 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Police Say Drunk Driving Was Cause Of Wednesday Night Accident On County Road 39

Aug 21, 2015 12:50 PM

UPDATE: Friday, August 21, 10:30 a.m.

The driver of the Prius in the Wednesday night accident on County Road 39 that caused two people to be airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital was charged with misdemeanor DWI, according to Southampton Town Police.

He was identified as Charles Dagma, 67, of Southampton. Lieutenant Susan Ralph said that he was attempting to make a left hand turn and pulled out in front of the white Chevy Suburban, which was traveling westbound on County Road 39. The driver was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital and served with an appearance ticket returnable to Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.

Information regarding others involved in the accident was not immediately available.

Original Story

Two people were airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital Wednesday night after a two-car crash closed part of County Road 39 for several hours, according to Southampton Town Police.

The call came in to Southampton Fire Department at about 8:15 p.m, First Assistant Chief Chris Brenner said. They assisted Southampton Town Police Department at the scene of the accident on Shrubland Road, which involved a Toyota Prius and Chevy Marina.

The accident closed County Road 39 between Southampton College and Hill Station Road and heavily backed up traffic for a Wednesday night. Sebonac Road could not be used as a cut through because of its proximity to the accident, Mr. Brenner said, adding that responders were at the scene until about midnight.

Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance also responded to the scene of the accident.

Further information could not be immediately provided.

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Now there's a headline you don't often see.......
By SHResident (59), Southampton on Aug 20, 15 12:27 PM
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Good thing -- it contains a misspelling. I believe that the correct form is "medevacked."
By Frank Wheeler (1825), Northampton on Aug 20, 15 2:11 PM
They really need to do a much better job reporting these stories. There was a man named Wes who was at the scene, when it happened and pulled the body of the driver of one of the vehicles out, then rescued several children from the other car, which was in a pool of gasoline! He saved all those lives! But there is NOTHING in this story about that!
By B-Diz (7), Hampton Bays on Aug 20, 15 3:15 PM
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What he did was very dangerous. Removing people from a car without proper immobilization could potentially cause paralysis or worse. I agree that he is a great Samaritan, however, it is not the newspaper's job to praise impulsive & dangerous decisions.
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Aug 21, 15 1:54 PM
By They call me (2797), southampton on Aug 22, 15 12:16 PM
And letting them burn in a fire wouldn't have been a good outcome either. Instead of editorializing in the report why not just report the facts or has that become passe?
By Baymen87 (133), Lugoff, SC on Aug 24, 15 7:49 AM
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There was NEVER any fire...that's a fact.
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Aug 24, 15 1:53 PM
Would you let people sit in a car until the fire started? The judgement of the people at the scene are what matters not arm chair quarterbacks days later. Gas vapor can start with a simple spark. Glad everyone is safe and that they dont have to rely on know it alls in a forum for their safety.
By Baymen87 (133), Lugoff, SC on Aug 25, 15 8:27 AM
Ok, when you've been properly trained in emergency response protocol I'll consider what you have to say Baymen87. Until then I believe you're the armchair QB. I actually praised the guy, just pointed out that perhaps we shouldn't glorify his dangerous actions
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Aug 25, 15 2:02 PM
It can be spelled either way actually.
By WhalerFanForLife (13), Southampton on Aug 20, 15 3:15 PM
So who and what is being covered up by 27 east? Sounds like a local acted heroically, yet minimum coverage of a major accident.
By Callie (30), Sag Harbor on Aug 20, 15 5:16 PM
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I heard it was a double ejection. So sad.
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Aug 20, 15 5:45 PM
It was not on any news source this morning. Traffic shut down for 5 hours I heard 9 people involved. I smell cover up of some sort. Also heard driver that caused accident was highly intoxicated.
By GoldenBoy (350), EastEnd on Aug 20, 15 6:28 PM
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Its a criminal investigation. They usually don't release much info until the investigation concludes.

By Draggerman (942), Southampton on Aug 21, 15 7:50 AM
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Saw the wreck. Appeared that a Prius cut off an Escalade. Looked very bad. Was on my way to pick up one of my kids and took about 1.5 hours to get back to HB.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 21, 15 9:32 AM