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Mar 19, 2019 10:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

One Person Killed In Head-On Collision On Flanders Road Tuesday Morning

A Chevrolet TrailBlazer involved in a fatal collision on Flanders Road early Tuesday morning is towed from the scene.  DANA SHAW
Mar 20, 2019 12:33 PM

One person was killed in a head-on collision on Flanders Road in Hampton Bays early Tuesday morning, according to Southampton Town Police.

Two vehicles, a Ford pickup truck and a Chevrolet TrailBlazer, were involved in the accident. The driver of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was identified by police as Marcelo Viscalla-Diaz, 20, of Flanders, a 2017 graduate of Riverhead High School.

A close friend of Mr. Viscalla-Diaz, Christian Juarez, 20, of Riverhead remembered his friend as a "quiet kid" and someone who made a “huge” impact on other people.

“We were close friends,” he said. “He was a good kid who never got in trouble in school and always did good. He helped out others in schools, such as myself and my other friends who knew him closely.”

Mr. Juarez added that Mr. Viscalla-Diaz would often help him with his homework.

He said that he first heard the news from his mother on Tuesday morning, noting that he immediately began to share the news with friends who knew Mr. Viscalla-Diaz in school.

“We are all heartbroken,” Mr. Juarez said.

Mr. Viscalla-Diaz’s brother, Eddie, set up a Gofundme page to help defray funeral expenses, at gofundme.com/funeral-for-marcelo-viscalla-diaz. As of Wednesday morning, it had raised more then $5,000.

Police identified the driver of the Ford pickup truck as Kevin Montano, 18, of East Hampton.

Mr. Montano was traveling north on Flanders Road and Mr. Viscalla-Diaz was traveling south when the two vehicles collided head-on, police said.

According to a press release on Tuesday, police officers who responded to the scene found Mr. Montano unresponsive and trapped within the vehicle. Members of the Hampton Bays Fire Department and Hampton Bays Ambulance assisted at the scene, and Mr. Montano was transported to an area hospital.

A State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit and Southampton Town Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident, police said. As of Tuesday, no charges had been filed, police said.

Flanders Road between Bellows Pond Road and Red Creek Road was closed due to the investigation from approximately 7 a.m. to noon, according to police.

Additional reporting by Tara Smith, Riverhead News-Review.

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