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Jul 11, 2011 2:14 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bicyclist Hit By Car In Quogue Identified As Southampton Town Employee

Jul 13, 2011 12:48 PM

An East Quogue man who was critically injured last week after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle in Quogue Village is a longtime lifeguard at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays, according to Southampton Town officials.

Steve Dorn, 44, who lives in East Quogue with his wife, Deanna, and their three young daughters, has worked as an assistant chief lifeguard at Ponquogue Beach for the past 11 years and is also a teacher in the William Floyd School District, according to Christopher Bean, Southampton Town’s superintendent of parks and recreation.

Mr. Dorn was in stable condition as of late last week at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, Mr. Bean said. Mr. Dorn’s wife could not be reached for comment.

The lifeguard was riding his bicycle on Montauk Highway in Quogue at about 8 a.m. on the morning of July 4 when he was struck by a black 2011 GMC Acadia driven by Tabber. B. Benedict, 34, of Manhattan, who Quogue Village Police said was driving drunk. Mr. Benedict was charged with DWI, a misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with physical injuries, a felony, according to police.

Mr. Benedict was stopped nearly two miles down the road in East Quogue by two witnesses to the accident who forced Mr. Benedict to pull over and prevented him from fleeing by positioning their cars in front of and behind the Arcadia. The two motorists, through police officials, declined to be interviewed.

The crash closed a stretch of Montauk Highway east of the intersection with County Road 104 for three and a half hours, according to Quogue Police Lieutenant Christopher Isola. Lt. Isola said in a previous interview that he expects additional charges to be filed against the driver, pending an investigation—including a crash site re-creation—that is currently ongoing.

Mr. Benedict was arraigned in Quogue Village Justice Court on July 5 and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. He is expected to be arraigned on a grand jury indictment at 9:30 a.m. this Monday, July 25, in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead, according to Bob Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Mr. Clifford, who would not discuss the contents of the indictment, said in an email that Judge Robert Doyle would unseal the indictment at that time.

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Kudos to the drivers that took the law into their own hands and stopped this moron in his tracks!!
By SS&BMOMMY (5), East Quogue on Jul 12, 11 10:09 AM
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By They call me (2696), southampton on Jul 12, 11 9:45 PM
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Even I only hate what's been done, not the people who did it...
Jul 12, 11 11:05 PM appended by Mr. Z
"Every day I turn on the news, only to find we have so far to go." ~ Styx
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Jul 12, 11 11:05 PM
Mr Dorn is a nice man best wishes to him and his family
By They call me (2696), southampton on Jul 12, 11 9:46 PM
nice work stopping this jerk. get well
By 27dan (2708), Southampton on Jul 12, 11 9:51 PM
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