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May 9, 2017 9:39 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Dies After Losing Control Of Vehicle, Crashing Into Hampton Bays Diner Parking Lot

A Hampton Bays man died on Monday night after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into three other vehicles, two in the parking lot of the Hampton Bays Diner. DANA SHAW
May 10, 2017 11:35 AM

A Hampton Bays man died on Monday night after losing control of his car and crashing into three other vehicles in Hampton Bays.

Southampton Town Police said Antonio Lucas, 48, was driving southbound on Flanders Road just after 7 p.m. when he lost control of his 1992 Toyota Corolla as he approached the intersection with Montauk Highway.

Mr. Lucas’s vehicle struck a minivan that was traveling eastbound on Montauk Highway, then continued into the former Hampton Bays Diner parking lot, where he slammed into two parked trucks, police said. The two trucks were unoccupied and no other injuries were reported.

Lisa Marie King, 32, of East Quogue said she saw the accident happen. “A small car headed south on Flanders Road sped through the intersection at greater than 70 mph,” Ms. King said. “The car clipped the red minivan, which spun it out of the lane. The car continued airborne across the intersection, into the diner parking lot.

“The car launched over the curb after striking the minivan,” she continued. “It was definitely completely off the ground.”

Crews from the Hampton Bays Fire Department extricated Mr. Lucas from his car. Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance transported Mr. Lucas to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

On Tuesday, Southampton Town Police Sergeant Carl Schottenhamel said it was not immediately known why Mr. Lucas lost control of the vehicle, or if he had a medical condition. He added that the accident was still under investigation.

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So sad I hope Mr. Lucas was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
By greeneyedlady (48), East Quogue on May 9, 17 6:51 PM
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