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UPDATE: Passenger Dies Following Single Car Crash In Hampton Bays Saturday

Publication: The Southampton Press
  Oct 13, 2012 8:33 AM
Oct 15, 2012 2:23 PM

UPDATE, MONDAY, 2 p.m.

Brian Gutierrez-Arteaga, 20, who was a passenger in the vehicle, died Sunday afternoon at Stony Brook University Hospital from burns he suffered in the crash, according to those close to him.

Anthony Rosalia, a Southampton resident who took in Mr. Gutierrez-Arteaga when he was 11 years old and considered him a son, said the driver of the vehicle, Rodrigo Ramirez, and the other passenger, Jeffrey Baron, sustained minor injuries to their hands and feet in the crash. All three were close friends, he said.

Mr. Rosalia said the three were returning home after dropping a friend off on Red Creek Road when a deer jumped in front of the car, causing Mr. Ramirez to lose control of the vehicle and swerve into the woods, where it struck a tree laterally on the side of the vehicle where Mr. Gutierrez-Arteaga was seated, and then caught fire.

“He was an honorable boy,” Mr. Rosalia said of Mr. Gutierrez-Arteaga, adding that he could not have asked for a better son, had he biological children of his own.

He said he welcomed Mr. Gutierrez-Arteaga into his home after his father, Cesar Gutierrez, was forced to leave suddenly for Mexico, and his mother, Marisa Arteaga, who currently resides in East Hampton, had difficulty caring for him and his sister, Surisaddai Gutierrez-Arteaga. Mr. Rosalia said he had known him since he was a young child, as he taught him Bible studies from the time he was 4 years old.

“He was just really a remarkable, remarkable boy.”

Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Kingdom Hall of Jehova’s Witnesses at 675 Scuttle Hole Road in Water Mill.

Original Story:

Two men were hospitalized following a single-car accident in Hampton Bays early Saturday morning.

Southampton Town Police said that at about 12:10 a.m. on October 13, a car ran into a tree on Red Creek Road near Upper Red Creek Road and caught fire.

While initial reports were that a man was trapped inside the burning car, when rescue workers arrived a short time later, he was no longer trapped in the car.

Three men, including the driver, were in the car at the time of the accident, police said. Their names were not released by police, who cited an ongoing investigation.

While the Hampton Bays Fire Department extinguished the car fire, the two passengers were rushed to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.

One man was taken to Southampton Hospital. A second man—who had originally been trapped in the car—was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for the treatment of burns suffered in the accident, police said, but later taken to Stony Brook University Hospital. A Suffolk County Police helicopter was unable to transport him directly to Stony Brook due to a mechanical problem.

The driver of the car refused medical attention, police said.

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RIp - that is a tough road to navigate at any time of day and I've made it a habit to avoid travelling it when the sun is not shining due to the threat of deer. Lighting could help but of course would ruin the bucolic nature of the area
By Nature (2537), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 12 4:17 PM
not hard at all to navigate the road if you're doing the posted 30mph speed limit. I'm sure they were traveling at an excessive speed to lose control the way they did. SLOW DOWN FOLKS!
By Jaws (160), Westhampton Beach on Oct 23, 12 11:07 PM
a deer at midnight ? unlikely and unlucky.. a good road to go slow on, plenty of deer at dusk ... RIP young man .
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Oct 15, 12 6:38 PM
10-12 years ago I would have agreed that a deer at midnight would have been "unlikely," but we see them everywhere and at all hours for the past 5-6 years.
By Frank Wheeler (1247), Northampton on Oct 15, 12 7:54 PM
Really a deer at midnight unlikely? What rock to you live under??? Last Thursday night (around 11pm to be exact) I had the unfortunate pleasure of having a deer graze my car. Luckly only minor damage. RIP Brian my heart goes out to your family!!!
By bonac79 (15), East Hampton on Oct 16, 12 12:33 PM
A few years ago I, too, had a deer graze my car around midnight, somewhere on Rt. 27 between the PC Richard and Lobster Inn. To this day I have no idea where it came from, as there are few wooded areas on that stretch. Sadly, their habitats have been destroyed by overdevelopment and there's really nowhere else for them to go.
By Tay (22), Hampton Bays on Oct 16, 12 2:08 PM
Wrong, I used to live on Red Creek Rd.
By trcurven (1), Riverhead on Oct 19, 12 6:32 PM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Oct 21, 12 11:22 AM
So is a deer at 10 am, but there was one a few months ago, running right into my car.

May God Bless and keep this young man's soul, and comfort his friends and family. And God be with the survivors, as their road will not be easy. A horrible tragedy.
By EQMama (24), East Quogue on Oct 23, 12 2:05 PM
Good reason not to swerve, better off hitting the deer than a tree! Gotta agree with Frank on seeing deer at all hours. Horrible way to die, RIP
By ICE (1195), Southampton on Oct 15, 12 9:40 PM
Rest in Peace Brian. You were much to young to pass away. God Bless you and your family.
By marybmary (32), east hampton on Oct 16, 12 11:39 AM
I had met the young man and he was as described, lovely. What a loss.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Oct 16, 12 2:16 PM
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