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Jul 11, 2012 10:37 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cops: Hampton Bays Crash Puts Motorcyclist In Critical Condition

Jul 12, 2012 10:19 AM

A motorcyclist who was struck by a teenage motorist in Hampton Bays on Sunday afternoon was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries and, as of early this week, was reported to be in critical condition, according to Southampton Town Police.

Adis Ljesnjanin, a 17-year-old from Hampton Bays, was driving a black 2012 Mercedes-Benz 350 convertible on Argonne Road East near its intersection with Gravel Hill Road at about 1:37 p.m. when the collision occurred, police said.

The teen fled the scene, but police said they caught him roughly three miles from the accident. Officers pulled the boy over on Terrace Drive near its intersection with Montauk Highway, not far from his home, and arrested him at 2:57 p.m. He was charged with a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving, as well as driving without a license and speeding, both violations.

Southampton Town Justice Court officials said the boy posted $2,000 bail following a Monday arraignment and is due back in court on August 6 at 1 p.m.

Police did not respond to questions this week regarding details of the crash, including the name of the motorcyclist, and there remain questions about just what happened.

Shelley Borkoski, who lives on the street where the crash took place, said she was taking out her trash at the time of the accident. “While opening the screen door, I heard the roar of high-speed vehicles heading east up Argonne Road,” said Ms. Borkoski, who noted that she used to do some traffic research as a side job in college. “In an instant, the vehicles crashed, sounding like a bomb exploding, with a cloud of gray smoke and metal pieces flying through the air.”

The driver of the “black sports car” slowed down, looked at another small black car that she said had been hit, then continued on, stopping at a stop sign before turning onto Wakeman Road. She said the driver of the other black car responded that she was OK—but the motorcyclist was not.

“I was still running to her car when I looked at my neighbor’s yard, and there was a body lying face down in the yard a few feet from the sidewalk,” Ms. Borkoski said. She said the driver of the small black car called police, while she turned her attention to the severely injured motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet. He was not moving and not making any sounds at first, she recalled, but, later, he uttered cries of pain, but no words, when first responders arrived. His bike had landed against a nearby hedge.

A Suffolk County Police helicopter landed at the Hampton Bays High School athletic field and transported the motorcyclist, she said.

Ms. Borkowski said that later Sunday night she penned a letter to Southampton Town government officials in an effort to compel them to address road safety. “While writing my letter, my daughter and I heard the roar of a fast vehicle and looked up to see a bright yellow motorcycle passing a truck in front of our house, heading west,” she said.

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People use Gravel Hill & Argonne as a cut through and race track. I am surprised there are not more accidents.

I understand that the motorcyclist is struggling for his life. Our prayers are with he and his family.
By bb (852), Hampton Bays on Jul 11, 12 5:55 PM
Actually the motorcycle and the car that he hit were racing at the time.
By CaptainSig (700), Dutch Harbor on Jul 11, 12 7:43 PM
CaptainSig, Ok, they were racing, dangerous and stupid but the other boy left the scene knowing that someone was injured.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Jul 12, 12 1:55 PM
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CaptainSig, Ok, they were racing, dangerous and stupid but the other boy left the scene knowing that someone was injured.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Jul 12, 12 1:56 PM
Hey Mom & Dad, How come I didn't have a brand new Mercedes Benz convertible when I was 17 ? I wuz robbed !!
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Jul 12, 12 5:15 PM
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