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Apr 5, 2018 6:55 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Police Offer No Leads In Thursday's County Road 39 Fatality

While making a delivery to Southampton Masonry on CR39 early Thursday morning, Joseph Lynn McAlla, 63, of Clifford, Pennsylvania was struck and killed by an unidentified driver who fled the scene.
Apr 6, 2018 2:11 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 1:38 p.m.

Southampton Town Police on Friday remained mum on the investigation into the fatal accident that occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday. When asked if police had any leads or had made any arrests in the case, Lieutenant Susan Ralph declined to comment.

Monique Wisniewski-Santana, who lives in a residential neighborhood behind Southampton Masonry, said on Friday morning that she walked down her driveway at 7 a.m. on Thursday and saw the truck that Mr. McAlla was driving was still parked in front of Behind the Fence on County Road 39, locally recognized for selling large dinosaur statues and other sculptures. She posted on Facebook that Mr. McAlla’s body could be seen in the eastbound lanes.

The location of the truck lead police to believe that after Mr. McAlla parked the truck, he apparently got out and was struck by an eastbound vehicle.

“We are currently dealing with this horrible situation,” Bradley McAlla, a relative of the truck driver who was killed, said in an email on Thursday. “He was a truck driver his whole life, not merely a ‘delivery’ driver.

“Hopefully the person responsible is caught,” he added.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

Southampton Town Police identified the victim as Joseph Lynn McAlla, 63, of Clifford, Pennsylvania. Mr. McAlla was making a delivery to Southampton Masonry, police said, when he exited his vehicle.

He was struck and killed by an unidentified driver who fled the scene, police said.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and ask anyone with any information to contact the Southampton Town Police Detective Division at 631-702-2230.

UPDATE: 9:10 a.m.

According to officials, all lanes of County Road 39 were reopened in both directions shortly after 9 a.m.

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m.

According to a press release from Southampton Town Police, officers responded to reports of a person lying in the road at about 2:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found a dead body in the roadway.

Detectives from the department began an investigation and determined that the man was a delivery driver making a delivery to a local business. He apparently exited his vehicle when he was struck and killed.

Police did not provide information on the driver of the other vehicle or say whether the driver remained on the scene of the accident.

Police are withholding the identification of the victim until his family can be notified, they said.

Original Story:

County Road 39 was closed in both directions Thursday morning as Southampton Town Police investigated a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in Shinnecock Hills during the early morning hours.

Police said a 63-year-old man from Pennsylvania was killed in the accident, which was reported at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday. Police did not identify the man or offer details of the accident.

Police said County Road 39 was expected to be closed in both directions until approximately 9 a.m. between Shrubland Road and Tuckahoe Road, as the investigation continued.

Major delays were expected during the morning commute, and police asked that motorists avoid the area.

No other details were available.

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County Rd 39 CLOSED AGAIN! Get used to it. But there is a better way:
"South Fork Alternative Transportation Initiative" (search Facebook)

I am an advocate for creating major improvements to the Southampton and East Hampton Towns transportation infrastructure, specifically bicycling commuting and recreation here on the East End. Our existing bicycle “infrastructure” is virtually non-existent, totally inadequate, out-dated and definitely unsafe. I regularly travel all-over ...more
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 8:08 AM
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I get it Non-Political you like to bike. Good for you. Just for laughs I looked at your "South Fork Alternative Transportation Initiative". Wow! I understand that it would be your Bike-topia, but really, FERRIES. Ferries from the canal to HB ocean beaches, a ferry across the Shinnecock Inlet, and just for laughs a third ferry across of all bodies of water, Cold Spring Pond (Do you know how shallow your drop off point is? This plan doesn't help traffic at all. First, it starts at the Shinnecock ...more
By longtimelocal (32), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 9:30 AM
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You should read the Southampton Town Master Plan- Transportation:
(It recommends each one of my talking points, including ferries)
SOUTHAMPTON TOWN MASTER PLAN -TRANSPORTATION southamptontownny.gov/DocumentCen…/Home/View/796
see pages:
P 357 see goal #3
P 372 bicycling usage
P 373 bicycling potential
P 401 bicycle routes
P 402 South Fork Bike Path LIRR
P 406 Bicycling priorities
P 407 bicycle action ideas
P 409 Bike Bridge attached to LIRR Bridge ...more
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 9:41 AM
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Having given up riding for the aforementioned reasons you stated I would like to add that the landscaping trucks are a general hazard to all
By lo-cal (56), southampton on Apr 5, 18 9:47 AM
The South Fork's insane traffic mess is a huge, stress-inducing drag on neighborhoods, an impediment to safer streets, and a massive waste of time and resources for everyone caught up in the slog. Please read and share my page on Facebook "South Fork Alternative Transportation Initiative"
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 9:57 AM
Ok, I looked at the "Master Plan". The first thing I noticed was "Transportation - March, 1999". Wow! Almost 20 YEARS since it was published and how much of it has been implemented? Have you seen the shape of the roads this spring? If you think there is ANY money for cantilevered bike paths across the Shinnecock Canal I want some of what you are smoking. But hey, this is America you are free to create a company, charge what ever you want and create YOUR Bike-topia with YOUR money, not everyone else's.
By longtimelocal (32), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:11 AM
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Yes, biking is an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. Try pedal-assist ebikes, they're incredibly mobile. I'm also an optimist, and being positive is also healthy. Being a naysayer that thinks too many negative thoughts is an unfortunate state of mind.
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 10:32 AM
The CPF Community Preservation Fund has taken-in over $2 BILLION dollars. And bike paths are specifically allowed as a use of CPF funds. The South Fork Alternative Transportation Initiative is not a company; its a simply a community advocacy group that advocates a better and safer way to get around the Hamptons by biking .
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 10:41 AM
It’s king of difficult to carry ladders, shovels, pipe, conduit, mowers, cement mixers, etc. on a bicycle. Know your audience.
By Nukiepoo (111), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 8:26 AM
Trucks are needed to carry your stuff w/o a doubt. However, most vehicle commuting have just 1 person in them and are not carrying ladders, mowers, etc. Traveling by bicycle is the future mode for a good percentage of the population that's had enough of this traffic nightmare. I can travel faster by ebike than you can travel in your truck in rush hour traffic, for example. Parking not an issue, either. And no fuel needed or pollution spwewed. Class 1 Ebikes include cargo bikes to carry suprising ...more
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 8:38 AM
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Have you noticed it can get a little cold here in the winter, not to mention torrential rain and snow? I certainly hope you are wrong about our society devolving to the majority riding bicycles while our wise environmental progressive leaders will have to travel by luxury self driving (taxpayer funded) cars, so they can focus on what we'll need to sacrifice next.
By NateNewtown (54), east on Apr 5, 18 8:48 AM
Thank you for your response...not everyone out here lives in paradise!
By LNB (3), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 2:25 PM
in the snow too?
By LNB (3), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 2:26 PM
2:30 in the morning? This is ridiculous you are holding up tens of thousands of people Police Department. We all feel horrible for this man but the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few and I know people right now that have been stuck in Hampton Bays for hours.
By widow gavits (191), sag harbor on Apr 5, 18 8:49 AM
Fatal accidents require certain procedure in this litigious age. These things take time.

Get over it.
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:21 PM
There surely must have been a way to divert traffic around the crime scene. This seems like a definite "power play" by law enforcement. It just adds fuel to the anti-police .mindset
By nbirace (1), garden city on Apr 7, 18 5:33 PM
No. There wasn't.

Due to the nature of the "incident" ALL lanes were a crime scene.

You're welcome for the enlightenment.
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 12, 18 6:54 PM
Maybe if there were eastbound trains in the morning some of the singles could get off the road.
By RUOK2 (13), Water Mill on Apr 5, 18 8:52 AM
Parking is limited at East End stations, public transportation has been scaled back or non existent, and private cabs can be prohibitively expensive.

Otherwise, good idea.
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:26 PM
I'd love to see all the teachers, doctors, lawyers, retail clerks, restaurant staff, office workers, insurance brokers, plumbers, electricians, and trades (not responsible for carrying a ladder or other heavy equipment) all riding their road bikes on Sunrise Highway from points 50-80 miles West of the Hamptons on their way in. lol
By watermill_mike (26), Sag Harbor on Apr 5, 18 8:54 AM
Its no problem commuting by bicycle (or even much better, by a 20 mph Class 1 Ebike) for distances under 20 miles, ie: Westhampton to Southampton, Hampton Bays to Bridgehampton etc). Nobody rides bikes in snow or when temps below 40 degrees, fair weather preferred. Personally, I take as many short trips by bike as possible year-round.
NYC now has Citibikes bike share and 4 years ago it had none. Over 16 million Citibike trips have been made in those 4 years. Now, NYC is staring JUMP ebike rentals. ...more
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 9:51 AM
Non-political, huh? The use of i trlgedy to push yous own agenda appears political to me.
By gusef (32), Southampton on Apr 7, 18 7:32 AM
Non-political, huh? Th use of a tragedy to puah your own agenda appears political to me.
By gusef (32), Southampton on Apr 7, 18 7:32 AM
In the 10 years since CR 39 was widened zero safety upgrades have been made. The project was admittedly sub standard to begin with. Right now we need someone to take responsibility for making this very dangerous road more safe.

Don't be fooled to believe that bad drivers are the only cause. Modern road design saves lives and CR 39 is woefully outdated.
Don't wait for a car full of teenagers or children to die.
By TheTurtle (123), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 9:26 AM
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How about drivers take responsibility for adapting to road conditions?

In my observation, the vast majority do not. It's not just the road, the far more damaging factor is human behavior.
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:28 PM
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Modern road design prevents accidents, this is simply a fact. For example rumble strips saved over 50,000 American lives last year. CR39 is substandard. The poor women who died texting might have been saved if the road were safer.
Of course it's the drivers who have accidents, that's why they are called accidents. Or do you good drivers feel you don't need lines on the road or traffic lights?
By TheTurtle (123), Southampton on Apr 9, 18 9:48 PM
Upgrading means being built to Federal Highway standards & REQUIRES widening the corridor. To do that, every property along CR39 will have to sell a bit of their highway frontage to the County. Eminent domain? The cost will be very high. But some politician needs to take this on.
By East End 2 (131), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:13 AM
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More cars will pile in even faster by adding more lanes or roads (its been proven). As for widening, there's no room, and would require seizing every single piece of property by eminent domain, and if only 1 property owner resists (there will be plenty of resistance) it won't happen until it goes thru courts and lawsuits for many, many years. Politicians won't touch it, either.
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 10:28 AM
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They don't take the whole property. Don't be ridiculous. Just a strip wide enough to meet the Fed design requirements. Eminent domain does not have to be invoked. Compensation is made to the property owner based on market value. In this neck of the woods it will be a very high cost item. However....a long journey begins with a single step. Someone needs to attack this in the right way.
By East End 2 (131), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 11:05 AM
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And how does the capital get raised?

Do we unfairly tax the "most successful" as it is their demand which require the services which generate the traffic volume?

Good luck...
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:30 PM
Shout out to the SH Village Police pulling people over on Hill St. and making everything worse for what I imagine were cell phone violations. We've been trapped in the car for over 2 hours at that point and literally not moving, nice show of compassion.
By kkelly75 (26), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 10:18 AM
As usual, K Kelly 75, those who choose not to abide by the no cell phone rule ruin it for everyone else - Please do not take it out on the police who are trying to make the roads safe for everyone and prevent those who use their cell phones while driving from ignoring an important law.
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:27 AM
And in the end it was a fatal accident closing the road - a hit and run - not cell phone issues...
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:28 AM
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CR39 was a disaster when widened. No place for emergency breakdown or walking, bicycle. There are trucks parked in the turning lane and car carriers dropping cars in these lanes.
I went to a few quaint towns in Massachusetts and the traffic was like the south shore is now. Spoke to a local and was advised if I didn't like the traffic, don't come back.If you go to NYC, what do you have, traffic.
Deal with it people, if you want to work, play or sight see, you know the deal.
Tunnel ...more
By knitter (1289), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:25 AM
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Knitter, unfortunately most of the people who complain through this site or other outlets are people who just do it for the sake of complaining. Take KKelly for example. People constantly get on here and complain about the lack of police presence on Hill Street causing fatal accidents and dangerous conditions and tell police to step it up. This wasn't even related to police action, yet there is someone who will complain that the police increased their presence. Just read their past posts.
By BlackLab (37), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 11:01 AM
I have never complained about a lack of police presence there...I see them laying in wait every single morning...
By kkelly75 (26), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 11:35 AM
Why is it allowed for delivery trucks to park in the median, walk across highway? This is done daily. Dangerous in front of s.h masonary.
By Win sky (19), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:30 AM
I actually lost a bet. I bet that it was only going to take 10 minutes for someone to start complaining. Good for you guys. Other than the ridiculous idea that everyone is going to digress to bikes and we are all going to bicycle to work in happy sunlight and rainbows, you all complain and bicker about everything. Then none of you, other than bicycle guy, offer a single idea of how to help. I am sure you are all right that the volunteer fire department members are dying to stay in the streets all ...more
By BlackLab (37), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:52 AM
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Yes, biking is an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle. Its not ridiculous for some people, it works in Europe and many other places in USA. Try pedal-assist ebikes, they're incredibly mobile. I'm also an optimist, and being positive is also healthy. Your response is level-headed and neutral re: solutions and alternatives, most other responses are negative. Being a naysayer that thinks too many negative thoughts is an unfortunate state of mind.
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 11:00 AM
Im not being negative. I'm being real. If you honestly think our society will give up vehicles and we will be biking the commute to work in the middle of winter or on the hottest day in summer, which one of us is actually in a dreamland? I am glad you enjoy biking. But the thought that biking is the future of our society just isn't going to happen. Maybe police should bike too, put a person under arrest in a modified child seat on the front of the bike. Or your ambulance can use one of those tow ...more
By BlackLab (37), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 11:06 AM
A vehicle is independence, as it were.

Indeed, try and take that away in America...
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:33 PM
Here is my offer for a solution. The only solution period is to create affordable housing on the East End of Long Island. I don't mean one or two properties every 5 years or so. I mean actual affordable housing. Ease up on the extreme building pushing all your working class folks out of town. This will A. Allow some of the workers to live in town instead of commuting. B. Ease up on the disgusting amount of contractors and workers needed to come out east to landscape, build, and do whatever else ...more
By BlackLab (37), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 10:56 AM
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One word:. Tolls
$20 per commercial vehicle traveling past the end of the LIE or exiting at Westhampton, Quogue or Hampton Bays.
The replace the LIRR east of Speonk and use the railroad right of way for self driving coaches. No more unions gaming their pensions and disability benefits and no more excuses.
By dfree (527), hampton bays on Apr 5, 18 11:27 AM
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Couldn't agree more.
By Hillsnbells (39), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 12:33 PM
Can we get Elon Musk in on that one?
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:34 PM
RIP Lynn McAlla, a man just doing his job. Hope the police catch the creep that was driving faster than the 35mph speed limit and damn well knew they hit something.
By auntof9 (118), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 11:28 AM
Why are people allowed to comment on this story? A man lost his life and people are complaining. I'd rather sit in traffic for 2 hours than be in the morgue and you're complaining because SH Village had someone pulled over. Have some respect for this man's family.
By MD (21), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 11:40 AM
This is a news site, not a book of condolences.
By MoronEliminator (128), Montauk on Apr 5, 18 11:46 AM
Yep.

The former indeed applies.
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:35 PM
Couldn’t agree you with more MD. Shocked an disheartened to see soo many complaining comments when someone’s family member just lost their life on that horrible road.

My condolences to the family of this man .

By toes in the water (642), southampton on Apr 6, 18 6:57 AM
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Really? MoronEliminator? You don't say..... I also know that certain articles do not allow comments. This should be one of them. You clearly have no sympathy or compassion for human life...
By MD (21), Southampton on Apr 5, 18 11:50 AM
Right, I clearly have no sympathy or compassion for human life, because I think it's better to have an environment of open dialogue.

Meanwhile, a compassionate, sympathetic person like you believes it's better to muzzle large numbers of people so you won't run the risk of being exposed to something you find offensive.
By MoronEliminator (128), Montauk on Apr 5, 18 12:56 PM
This was not a transportation issue, a man is dead! Left to die by some moron who did not have the decency to stay with the body!! Really!
By MelissaA (32), Sag Harbor on Apr 5, 18 12:20 PM
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More than 30 comments before the loss of life was even mentioned and some compassion shown. RIP Lynn McAlla. This site attracts its regular contributors who make negative comments and are always looking to start an argument.

By Mrs.Sea (264), Sag Harbor on Apr 5, 18 12:22 PM
The problem here isn’t the delivery but the driver that hit him, probably high or drunk. Many DWI cases are repeat offenders and we need stiffer penalties for drunkards that get behind the wheel of a car. It’s a shame because this 63 year old man was still working and driving trucks to earn a living.We need regular police check-stops; not less. If that's what it takes to catch people driving high, drunk or talking on cell phones I say go for it.

Go to any quaint seaside town ...more
By pigroast (62), East Quogue on Apr 5, 18 12:23 PM
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You mean "Go to any quaint seaside town and you'll encounter heavy traffic. Take away the traffic and you'll RESTORE the quaintness."
Personally, I prefer our once-quaint towns back when there was less traffic, and now choose biking whenever I want. Sometimes I need to use my truck for business; but if I'm just going into town for small errands, or short commutes under 25 miles, biking is the move but ONLY IF roads are safe. On an ebike, I average 15 mph on my ebike and pedal-assist (no throttle, ...more
By Non-Political (56), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 12:47 PM
This reads like an eBike ad
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3268), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 6, 18 7:26 AM
You,re finally getting to the important issue here-- a man was killed and a family is in mourning. My condolences to them. Worry about the police and bike lanes later. How insensitive
By hamptonsnrcit (42), sag harbor on Apr 5, 18 1:16 PM

Thank you hamptonsnrcit. This is by no means a low point for the 27east comment crew (there have been lower believe it or not) but certainly a shining example of how out of touch these people are. An innocent man was struck and killed and the suspect is still at large. That is the reality here.

By johnj (826), Westhampton on Apr 5, 18 1:46 PM
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The vast majority of local traffic on CR39 is truck and van traffic. People are making deliveries, they're bringing construction equipment (tiles, lumber, e.g.) they're bringing equipment they need (pool cleaning, chemicals). They're cutting down and removing debris or are bringing in trees, bushes, landscaping tools). They're delivering restaurant goods. Then there's general maintenance like cesspool cleaning, steam cleaning, painting, plumbing, electrical work.

It's a little hard to bicycle ...more
By btdt (421), water mill on Apr 5, 18 4:21 PM
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You can thank the late Republican Chairman Edwin Buzz Schwenk for not
having the Sunrise Highway extend to Montank. Poor planning and
over development being allowed by the East End public officials.
By Jimion (109), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 4:33 PM
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So, Joseph McCalla, a man who was working and minding his own business, is dead. His truck is still parked in front of the Treasues building. His family has lost him forever. And you blame Buzz, who’s been dead at least 10 years?

My condolences to the McCalla family. And I apologize for my neighbors that can’t help but politicize your loss.
By Draggerman (799), Southampton on Apr 6, 18 7:10 AM
condolences to the family of this man.
By bigfresh (3556), north sea on Apr 5, 18 5:37 PM
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Yes this is a busy "road" - but this was 2:30 am - and this was someone's husband, and someone's father - simply doing his job. Sincere condolences to this man's family - and hopefully justice will be served.

How this evolved into a debate on fixing the highway situation is truly unfortunate, yet one could reason that perhaps he wouldn't have been unloading at this time - if not for the horrible daytime conditions. The infrastructure needs to be able to accommodate the ever increasing ...more
By Harbor Master (94), Sag Harbor on Apr 5, 18 6:40 PM
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By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3268), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 5, 18 7:04 PM
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Devolve it did....
Where have all the flowers gone?
By June Bug (2105), SOUTHAMPTON on Apr 5, 18 8:15 PM
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By Babyboo (235), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 7:04 PM
Can someone explain to me why they couldn’t wash the roadway? I passed the site at 4pm and the road told me a very graphic story. RIP to the deceased. This road is a complete nightmare.
By WMFlyPt (11), WaterMill on Apr 5, 18 8:55 PM
This is a terrible thing to happen, and it's not a tragedy. It was wholly preventable. Deepest and dearest condolences to all involved. That being said...

Can someone please explain why people just can't slow the [expletive deleted] down?

I'm not on the road nearly as much as I once was, but driving commercial has it's vantage point quite a few feet above the road. Leaving town in the evening, I observe people doing at least 50 in a 35, but somehow they are incapable of doing ...more
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 9:14 PM
2:30am.. the person was not out buying milk. Who the hell else was out at that time. You hit the only other person on the road? DWI, freaked out..left scene. Some relative, friend should report that their "friends" car has a big dent in it. Let the family at least find justice.
By lirider (218), Hampton Bays on Apr 5, 18 9:46 PM
Someone with a 3-11 shift?
By Mr. Z (10217), North Sea on Apr 5, 18 10:29 PM
Maybe, but a person responsible enough to hold down a 3-11 shift would run a person over and flee? You only flee when doing something wrong and how many people on the road? Either way the person is gone and the family is at a senseless loss.
By lirider (218), Hampton Bays on Apr 6, 18 4:54 AM
Any description of the hit an run vehicle?? I hear it may have been a red Jeep.....
By toes in the water (642), southampton on Apr 6, 18 7:12 AM
forensics will have found something from the killer's vehicle on scene, time to release the make and model so the public can help find the perp.
By bigfresh (3556), north sea on Apr 6, 18 7:15 AM
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Like the SHT PD quickly released info on the alleged driver who mowed down Sister Jackie in Water Mill on July 12, 2012?

NOT . . . !

Said Chief Wilson at the time, "We're going to go after him until the end of time" or words to that effect.

Almost six years later and he is still at large in South America [assuming that he was indeed the REAL driver, and not some member of his employer's household].

The Press called this investigation a "gross miscarriage of justice" ...more
By PBR (4868), Southampton on Apr 6, 18 8:43 AM
Security cameras on the front of businesses along CR 39 may help to solve the case, starting with Nugent & Potter's.
By pw herman (1006), southampton on Apr 6, 18 8:42 AM
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Truly a heartbreaking day yesterday for the family and loved ones of this mans family. It’s infuriating the amount of comments complaining about the traffic when a life was lost! Yes the traffic is an issue and a big problm when a road needs to be shut down for hours for police to investigate but yesterday wasn’t the time for the heartless amount of people bitching and complaining on a public site. This man was horrifically killed and his murderer is still out there. He was just doing ...more
By gidget97 (2), East Quogue on Apr 6, 18 10:20 AM
Thank you for this post. People are just out of control with their comments in this paper. The posts are negative and narrow minded 99% of the time. An innocent life was lost and thank goodness at least someone has acknowledged this sad fact.
By pbsagharbor (6), Sag Harbor on Apr 6, 18 11:39 AM
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I agree with your post. 39 is a dangerous road. But only a coward would strike and killed a man and leave him in the roadway. Totally messed up situation. RIP sir.
By BruceB (136), Sag Harbor on Apr 6, 18 8:31 PM
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Agreed. Certainly infuriating an down right sad as well .... just read the very inappropriate comments on FB. A man was tragelly killed an yet ppl find it as an excuse to discuss horrible details of what they have seen at the crime scene. FB junkies at its best.

PLEASE PEOPLE, SHOW SOME COMPASSION AN HUMAN DECENCY. PLEASE. This could have been ur loved one.
By toes in the water (642), southampton on Apr 7, 18 8:01 AM
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I’m referring to Monica’s post on FB

An Greg, what’s your reason for printing That Monica could see the body from her house??! Was that really necessary??!! Would u write that if it was a local person who was tragically killed? Prob not !

Reporting at its lowest !
By toes in the water (642), southampton on Apr 7, 18 8:12 AM
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By icecreamman (360), Southampton on Apr 7, 18 9:51 AM
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By icecreamman (360), Southampton on Apr 10, 18 4:54 AM
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By gidget97 (2), East Quogue on Apr 6, 18 10:20 AM
Thank you. I posted something similar yesterday and was told this was not a book of condolences...
By MD (21), Southampton on Apr 6, 18 10:25 AM
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By gidget97 (2), East Quogue on Apr 6, 18 10:20 AM
May Mr. McAlla have felt no pain and been at peace, may his family find solace during this difficult time and may the driver find the courage to turn themselves in.
By Aeshtron (67), Southampton on Apr 6, 18 11:36 AM
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Blame the coward that so callously killed this man and fled the scene for yesterday’s traffic problems. That’s who’s to blame. I hope this SOB is found and brought to justice for this man and his family, not that it would ease their grieving but at least this monster won’t be allowed to hurt someone else. People need to slow down, obey the speed limit and pay attention and this won’t happen. That’s part of the solution. Even if they created another through road ...more
By gidget97 (2), East Quogue on Apr 6, 18 11:43 AM
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From what I hear, they got the POS that killed the guy. Someone from the reservation... how come the paper is not reporting this... Word on the street over 10 troopers on the res yesterday!
By J. Totta (95), Sag Harbor on Apr 6, 18 11:49 AM
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Thats what I heard too...
By Draggerman (799), Southampton on Apr 6, 18 11:36 PM
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If the police have no leads then the make and model of the vehicle should be made public, there are lots of eyes ready and able to help ID the vehicle. If they have a suspect at large, that too should be made public along with a description. If they have made an arrest, that too should be made public, what's up SHPD?
By bigfresh (3556), north sea on Apr 6, 18 4:26 PM
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Could be an illegal alien. Might be back in Guatemala by now.
By Babyboo (235), Hampton Bays on Apr 6, 18 6:24 PM
SHP report the facts, don't be afraid of being racial in any way...
By knitter (1289), Southampton on Apr 6, 18 8:58 PM
Obama and the liberals are to blame.
By Draggerman (799), Southampton on Apr 7, 18 11:24 PM
YOU are obama
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (520), southampton on Apr 9, 18 12:26 PM
Once again. The comment section never seems to fail when it comes to hateful ignorant comments. I'm surprised Obama, "The Liberals," or Trump haven't been mentioned yet.
By deelove (125), Bridgehampton on Apr 7, 18 3:12 PM
Word is a Jeep Wrangler driving close to 70 mph. SHTPD doesn’t release the make or model? Brilliant.
By Mouthampton (391), Southampton on Apr 7, 18 9:37 PM
Word is a Jeep Wrangler driving close to 70 mph. SHTPD doesn’t release the make or model? Brilliant.
By Mouthampton (391), Southampton on Apr 7, 18 9:37 PM
Buddha says the road is neither good nor bad- it just is. Blaming the road is the same as blaming the gun for the shooting or the fork for your obesity
By SlimeAlive (869), Southampton on Apr 8, 18 12:58 PM
I blame Lee Zeldin. Tsk Tsk...
By DiseaseDiocese (134), Riverhead on Apr 9, 18 11:14 PM
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I heard they caught the woman on res. Why are they not reporting?
By Win sky (19), Southampton on Apr 10, 18 9:13 AM
Jeep traced back to a vehicle registered to an owner living on the Reservation. Police have multiple video recordings from surrounding businesses. Owner claiming that the car was used by another individual. No reports. No official updates.
By Mouthampton (391), Southampton on Apr 11, 18 11:39 AM
The whole thing is just horrible. Someone just trying to do there job gets mowed down and no one owns up to it. Disgusting. If something good could come out of this it would be the SHPD providng weekly reports on WLNG like EHPD does. It would let everyone know whats really going on in the town.
By North Sea Citizen (487), North Sea on Apr 10, 18 12:30 PM
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oh come on nearly a week and NO INFO? for this we pay our police outragious sums of$$ plus unbelieveabe benefits?!? Let the public know what is happening with this case.. the dead man deserves better than this pitiful action by our "hamptons" police.. INFO SHOULD BE FORTHCOMING BY THIS TIME!!!!!
By xtiego (635), bridgehampton on Apr 10, 18 5:49 PM
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oh come on nearly a week and NO INFO? for this we pay our police outragious sums of$$ plus unbelieveabe benefits?!? Let the public know what is happening with this case.. the dead man deserves better than this pitiful action by our "hamptons" police.. INFO SHOULD BE FORTHCOMING BY THIS TIME!!!!!
By xtiego (635), bridgehampton on Apr 10, 18 5:49 PM
sorry for second post
By xtiego (635), bridgehampton on Apr 10, 18 5:50 PM
Seems as if the SHPD is involved in a cover up here, how about some INVESTIGATIVE reporting ???!!!
By bigfresh (3556), north sea on Apr 11, 18 6:23 AM
What gives any indication of a cover up? This is an active investigation, you don't get all of the information as the police sift through it...

If you want to know more, join the force and do some work.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (520), southampton on Apr 11, 18 12:12 PM
Since when is the pitchforked mob entitled to briefings of an ongoing manslaughter investigation?
By SlimeAlive (869), Southampton on Apr 12, 18 7:11 AM
The STPD has , in the past , fouled up a manslaughter investigation and left the public in the dark, remember the nun who was killed and left in the road? This seems similar, hopefully I am wrong.
By bigfresh (3556), north sea on Apr 12, 18 7:15 AM
You should really join the force to help prevent these easily correctable foul ups
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (520), southampton on Apr 12, 18 12:21 PM
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a traffic light is needed at hills station road to prevent further deaths
By kuali (27), southampton on Apr 12, 18 11:30 AM
Why do you think you deserve to be advised about the investigation? Too many loose lips out there already,
Truth and nothing but the truth. Patience and need to know.
By knitter (1289), Southampton on Apr 12, 18 2:46 PM
The Southampton and East Hampton Police forces should really have accounts on 27east and just post in the comments sections of articles.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (520), southampton on Apr 13, 18 9:24 AM
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