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Jun 9, 2010 11:24 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

DWI charge in Sagaponack accident

Jun 9, 2010 11:24 AM

A Bridgehampton man was charged with a felony count of DWI after a four-vehicle collision that snarled traffic at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Sagg Road in Sagaponack on Friday afternoon.

Robert B, Damiecki, 64, was charged with DWI and failure to maintain his lane, a traffic infraction, and turned over to the custody of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office on $10,000 bail following a bedside arraignment at Southampton Hospital, where he was taken for treatment of injuries he suffered in the accident, according to Southampton Town Police. He was charged with felony DWI because he had one prior DWI conviction in the past 10 years. He had a valid license at the time of the crash.

Police said Mr. Damiecki was driving east on Montauk Highway shortly after 1 p.m. when he lost control of his 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck, which swerved into the westbound lane and collided with a 2003 Ford dump truck driven by Julian Reyes-Gonzalez, 25, of Adrian, Michigan, and a 2003 Ford van driven by Kevin P. Furey, 25, of Center Moriches. According to police, the dump truck then collided with a 1995 Dodge utility truck driven by Michael T. Denardo, 54, of Sag Harbor, who was southbound on Sagg Road and stopped at a red light.

Mr. Gonzalez’s truck came to rest after knocking down a utility pole, which caused 174 houses in the area to lose their electricity for about two and a half hours, according to Long Island Power Authority spokesman Mark Gross. The poles are valued at at least $5,500, according to LIPA spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter. Typically, LIPA replaces poles that are severely damanged or felled by such accidents and later takes steps to recoup the cost from the drivers involved.

The accident blocked traffic at the busy intersection until about 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, according to police. Utility crews worked at the site into Friday evening.

Mr. Denardo also suffered minor injuries in the accident, according to police.

Both injured drivers were taken by Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance to Southampton Hospital.

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Southampton Town Police and The Bridgehampton Fire Department Did a Great Job. Nothing Like a Hot Summer Friday. It Had To Have Been 90+ Standing On That Hot Pavement For Almost 4 Hours. Great Job Everyone..
By 1640sWhaler (73), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Jun 4, 10 7:50 PM
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That is what they get paid for.Doing their jobs
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 4, 10 8:41 PM
They are volunteers.... but what if they were getting paid, what would be the problem with commending them for doing a good job?? Doesn't anyone ever give you any praise?

Any one that helps at a time like this deserves a thank you, paid or not!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Jun 5, 10 6:46 AM
The Bridgehampton fire department is NOT apaid fire department and if anything it cost members of the department who gave up there time to respond the motor vehicle accident (4 long and hot hours) and i"m sure that you give of your time as freely to volunteer for a good cause .
By taxpayer1 (67), Southampton on Jun 6, 10 9:05 AM
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The Fire Dept is not paid they are all volunteers.
By local414 (10), southampton on Jun 4, 10 8:59 PM
I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 4, 10 11:38 PM
You sound so bitter .... suppose the police helped you, would that be a different story then. Or would you just expect them to do their job? I know a lot of cops that go above and beyond the call of duty. A thank you is never out of line.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Jun 5, 10 2:08 PM
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Off the top of my head, I can think of at least two occasions I ran out of gas, maybe three, when I was out of a real job and strapped for cash, when a police officer happened by at just the right moment.

They get all the credit in the world from me...
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Jun 12, 10 12:01 AM
sjd-those who were getting paid were underpaid for the job they did today.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Jun 4, 10 9:36 PM
"EastEnd68" I was talking about the police department.they get paid and paid VERY WELL. Please stop with them being underpaid but than I forget you are a big fan of chief Dean of Westhampton Beach who get paid more that the chief of police of NYC.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 5, 10 3:58 PM
sounds like your beef is in your hometown, so maybe your comments should be limited as such because you have no appreciation for what the FD & PD in our area have to deal with on a daily basis here, year round. Maybe give that chip on your shoulder a day off...you might see things in a different light. Tolerance is an admirable quality.
By trublnocknatmydr (35), East Hampton on Jun 5, 10 8:00 PM
"trublnocknatmydr":
Again as I have stated anything about the FD.So do not say what appreciation I have for them. Please do not tell me that a well paid police office is being over worked for being outside for 4 hours and you sound like you are living in a high crime area with what you say about what the PD has to deal with.Unlike you say I do not have a chip on my shoulder.Honesty is all so a admirable quality but it seems you do not like it.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 5, 10 8:46 PM
SJD, the firefighters & fire police that manned that accident for 4 hours aren't paid. They're your neighbors giving back to the community.
By Draggerman (907), Southampton on Jun 4, 10 9:53 PM
That is their choice. If they were paid, all the better!
By kelbas (30), Southampton on Jun 4, 10 10:18 PM
I witnessed it as I was heading east. Very scary. Hope everyone is ok. No pictures posted of the other two vehicles that hit head on.
By 11976 (1), Water Mill on Jun 4, 10 11:28 PM
Why is that, Keilbas? Please explain.
By Draggerman (907), Southampton on Jun 5, 10 7:33 AM
my friends husband was involved..someone blew through a red light..supposedly drunk driving.
By karyn (7), East Hampton on Jun 5, 10 12:34 PM
Your friend and her husband must be feeling very thankful today. It could have been a disaster.

The roads are not safe with DWI and DUI's on the road. I praise the police when they pull them over. Show no mercy to them, they don't belong on the road!
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Jun 5, 10 2:13 PM
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the roads arent safe with text messaging either
By karyn (7), East Hampton on Jun 6, 10 6:27 AM
Don't you think he would have learned his lesson maybe times over in the past??!!! Obviously not. Lets hope this time he is off the road for good, regardless of rehab or not.

There are to many second chances out there and our safety is at stake.
By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Jun 5, 10 2:26 PM
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SJD you try standing in the hot sun for 3+ hour in a uniform like a police officer has to wear. Give credit where credit is due. They did a great job along with the fire department and ambulance crew. You sound very bitter indeed.
By favaunt (24), Sag Harbor on Jun 5, 10 4:03 PM
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I never said anyone did a bad job and I do give credit were credit is due.But lets not forget that the police officers that were at the there were paid like I stated.That is what they get paid to do and they do get paid very well.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on Jun 5, 10 6:11 PM
yada yada yada...blah blah blah

Don't you get it.... we are just thanking them for a job well done. The Lord knows people like you would certainly be telling them if it were otherwise. Am I right?
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Jun 6, 10 12:00 AM
And you ultimate point of raising the issues of salaries is..????
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jun 6, 10 1:13 PM
My above comment was made to SJD.
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jun 6, 10 1:14 PM
reading all of these comments....huh I don't understand why money? time? who is paying who? who is controling who ?the weather 90 o snow!!!! uniform ? have to do with saving a life and respond to an accident....there is no greed & money o no time questionned when you assist a person in danger , in pain, in suffer....it is not an act of heroism to be used to get fame of it.... save et serve it just b a responsable & conscious human beeing with eventually a heart...
and anyway it's their job ...more
By dlb (21), sag harbor on Jun 6, 10 1:33 AM
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By booda (1), Sag Harbor on Jun 6, 10 4:56 AM
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By AnonymousSgh (183), Sag Harbor on Jun 6, 10 6:18 PM
Drunk Drivers. Text Messaging..what else can idiotic people do to put others in jeopardy on the road????
By karyn (7), East Hampton on Jun 6, 10 6:28 AM
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My GOD you guys are a hateful bunch. Just look at all these hateful messages going back and forth just because someone said "good job" to the first responders.

Grow up.
By DogLover (14), Wainscott on Jun 6, 10 8:31 AM
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Thank you, Dog Lover, for bringing up a most important point.

The hateful comments on the 27east forums are stinking so much that they are actually being discussed at cocktail partied and dinners.

It's TRUE. All that was said here was, "thank you" to the professional responders to the accident and WOW!!!!!! The entire issue turns to hate mail about salaries.

Can these people ever stay on topic?
By elliot (251), sag harbor on Jun 6, 10 1:11 PM
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There's just alot of anger, about alot of things. Mostly money.

Alot of people are tired of struggling for so little, and working too hard for it. That anger then weaves it's way into many other aspects of life...
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Jun 13, 10 12:12 PM
Does anybody else here think that Mr Z sounds like a socialist trying to incite a riot?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 14, 10 5:56 AM
It's not about socialism, it's about disparity, and greed run rampant. It's about working your a** off, and having little, or nothing to show for it. It's about a fiscal system so out of control, it took the U.S Treasury's savings account to bail it out.
I highly recommend "The Last Days of Lehman Brothers", if you haven't seen it already. James Cromwell was quite brilliant.
You want to know why people are upset? Stop being "brainwashed by the Benjamins" long enough to take your capitalist ...more
By Mr. Z (11376), North Sea on Jun 17, 10 10:39 PM
Thankfully not one was killed like Hampton Bays boy!! JUST DRINK RESPONSIBLY!!!
By dadof2 (15), hampton bays on Jun 6, 10 11:21 AM
JUST DRIVE RESPONSIBLY!!
By LocalGuy (28), Southampton on Jun 6, 10 9:40 PM
JUST DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!!
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 14, 10 6:48 AM
NYS NEEDS TO MANDATE A LAW 2 STRIKES AND YOUR OUT OF A LICENSE FOR DWI WITHIN 10 YEARS.
By ride (6), montauk on Jun 9, 10 12:42 PM
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What a good idea!

"NYS NEEDS TO MANDATE A LAW 2 STRIKES AND YOUR OUT OF A LICENSE FOR DWI WITHIN 10 YEARS."
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jun 9, 10 1:24 PM
STOP DRINKING AND DRIVING DAMMIT!
By SirHampton (60), quogue on Jun 13, 10 9:35 AM
I was hit by a drunk driver at one time , possibly twice. I'll never know because it was a hit and run. We need tougher penalties. Maybe like the 2 strikes and you lose your license for good that was mentioned above.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Jun 14, 10 4:57 PM
If Your Gonna Drink Hire SJD To Be Your Driver....He's The Pro.....
By 1640sWhaler (73), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Jun 15, 10 6:14 PM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser