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Mar 23, 2012 10:20 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Bicyclist In Stable Condition Following Accident In Southampton Village

Mar 30, 2012 12:42 PM

A bicyclist who was airlifted to the hospital last week after suffering severe head injuries after being hit by an SUV in Southampton Village was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday, according to Southampton Village Police.

At about 7:37 a.m. on Friday, police received a 911 call about an accident at the intersection of Moses Lane and Armande Street involving a 2010 Lexus driven by Luis F. Bustamante, 54, of Montauk, and a bicyclist, John C. Carreras, 49, of New York City, Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison said.

Police and Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance paramedics administered aid, he said. Mr. Carreras was flown to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment.

Mr. Bustamante was not injured in the accident, Det. Sgt. Lamison said. The Lexus was impounded by police for a safety inspection, and “the case is still being investigated,” Det. Sgt. Lamison wrote in an email on Tuesday.

Police Chief Thomas Cummings said the safety check on the car, as well as a basic crash analysis, should be completed sometime this week.

At the scene on Friday, a white Lexus GX 450 with New York plates and a dented grill was facing south at the intersection. In front of the SUV, a red Schwinn bicycle was lying in the road. Scattered on the street were a baseball cap, the bicyclist’s jacket and some medical supplies.

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Prefer not to jump to conclusions but I say a distracted driver- cell phone or texting- Not paying attention an unfortunate accident. As a regular runner and cyclist in Southampton the vehicles need to slow down and get off the cell phones.
By realistic (415), westhampton on Mar 23, 12 9:47 PM
OR the bicyclist ignored a traffic light/sign. I agree with you, tho- too many people being distracted. As bad as driving drunk.
By Brdie (9), Riverhead on Mar 24, 12 8:01 PM
Hate to make a conclusion about something i haven't even the foggiest inkling of an idea about, but it could have been a swarm of vampires. or just a plain old voodoo curse combined with venus and jupiter's appearence in the western sky.
By milkdilk (46), Southampton on Mar 25, 12 8:52 AM
It's an accident the only thing that matters is the person recovers.
By chief1 (2452), southampton on Mar 25, 12 9:26 PM
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Well, Semanar42- it seems like YOU'RE the one jumping to the wrong conclusion about what I wrote, because I did so to show that his conclusion was not necessarily what happened, then agreed that there are too many people being distracted, NOT that that's what happened here. Reread it before flaming next time. I feel badly for all involved & will chalk up your flame attitude and nasty namecalling to your being upset. And as far as being told what I can or cannot comment, who left you in charge? And ...more
By Brdie (9), Riverhead on Mar 26, 12 9:43 PM
Bicyclists, have a right to the road, although too many of them think they own it and do not have to obey the rules of the road. It is amazing not more of them are hit.
By zeke (24), southampton on Mar 27, 12 6:27 PM
Yes zeke, they are supposed to obey the rules of the road. Every rule of the road a motor vehicle operator must observe. This includes stopping at a stop sign, cycling WITH traffic (not against it, as is VERY common), yielding properly at a red and white triangle, riding single file in groups where posted, no more than two abreast otherwise, using bike lanes where available, and obeying red lights.

Also, there are some rules motorists don't have like dismounting your bicycle when crossing ...more
By Mr. Z (10153), North Sea on Mar 27, 12 7:55 PM
Cyclists are subject to the same rules as motorists. But only yesterday I saw a father on a bicycle for two. A young boy rode in the second seat. They travelled against traffic on the wrong side of Hill Street during rush hour. A bad example and a foolish thing to do, not to mention a violation. That cyclist should have been given a summons.
By Dodger (143), Southampton Village on Mar 30, 12 9:39 PM
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Why is it every time someone has an accident lately they get flown by helicopter to stony brook? These heli rides cost thousands as opposed to a quick ambulance ride to Southampton hospital. Everything is about money and someone is making a lot. Bloody nose, let's call a helicopter, headache, let's get a copter. This system is so screwed up. Helicopters should only be used in life threatening situations, not every time there's a fender bender. Next time your complaining about the cost of health ...more
By icecreamman (354), Southampton on Mar 31, 12 8:52 AM
The man was unconscious...
By 290 (8), Southampton on Mar 31, 12 10:41 AM
Southampton Hospital is not a trauma center. With that being said, a patient with major trauma needs to be taken to a trauma center, such as Stony Brook. The quickest way to get someone to a trauma center is by a medevac helicopter. There are criterias that a patient must meet in order to be considered maor trauma. An example of 2 of these are a vehicle vs. bicycle collision above 5 mph. and a suspected spinal cord injury. So next time before you criticize the use of a helicopter, know that it is ...more
By e159 (2), Southampton on Mar 31, 12 9:37 PM
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Southampton hospital is not a trauma center? Since when? It's all about money and those who don't realize that are blind. These copters are big business and they are frequently being used in non life threatening situations, anyone who says otherwise is lying or misinformed.
By icecreamman (354), Southampton on Apr 3, 12 8:42 AM
icecreamman, e159 is right-southampton is NOT a trauma center. Find something else to complain about when talking about wasted money. These chopper rides are in place to save lives, not to waste money, and whatever their costs, the fallout from not taken precaution in these situations would cost taxpayers alot more. If someone was to die, rather than be taken a a 2000 dollar helicopter ride, the family would be entitled to millions of dollars in lawsuits, costing the taxpayers substantially more. ...more
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Apr 3, 12 12:15 PM
Icecreamman: If you are ever hit by a car OR suffer a trauma, please hope you are airlifted to a Trauma center - the best and nearest at Stony Brook. Although S.H. Hospital is excellent, it is not a Trauma Center, especially for head/brain traumas. It's not about the $, it's about what's best for the victim.
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Apr 5, 12 1:02 PM
Money should never be a factor when someones health is at stake. Unfortunately, Southampton Hospital just does not provide quality service. Perhaps that's the reason for the helicopter rides to other facilities. If I get a paper cut, fly me to any neighboring hospital other than Southampton Hospital.
By nylajen (8), Bayshore on Apr 9, 12 8:53 PM
Perhaps, icecreamman, you should look into EMS protocols for Suffolk county before making statements such as that. Medical helicopters are only used in very specific instances and along specific protocols; most of which are based on mechanism of injury, extent of injuries (unconscious, multiple limb fractures, etc), or time-frame to appropriate facility in regards to non-traumatic incidents.
By gaelic_wolf (4), WARWICK on Mar 31, 12 1:35 PM
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Perhaps you should read the paper more. There are reports of people with non life threatening injuries getting copter rides as opposed to ambulance rides every week.
By icecreamman (354), Southampton on Apr 3, 12 8:45 AM
Please cite a specific example, icecreamman, because I don't believe you.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Apr 3, 12 12:17 PM
WRONG. you're barking up the wrong tree, icecreamman. maybe too many fudgcicles.
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Apr 5, 12 1:05 PM
Do you believe everything the paper says? There is nothing in the protocall that says a patient has to have life threatening injuries in order to fly them in a chopper. Actually, if a patient is not stable and is in cardiac arrest, or has a unmanageable airway, or even if medical control says so, the patient has to be transported to the nearest hospital, regardless if its a trauma center or not. Once the patient becomes stable, then they will be transported to a trauma center. I encourage you to ...more
By e159 (2), Southampton on Apr 5, 12 4:58 PM
Those evil SUVs. Was the bicycle impounded for safety check?
By Truth Warrior (11), Southampton on Apr 1, 12 9:22 AM
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