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Services Announced For Two From Shinnecock Indian Reservation Who Died In Car Crash

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Rohma Abbas AND Shaye Weaver   Apr 28, 2012 11:15 AM
May 1, 2012 1:28 PM

4:15 p.m.

According to Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison, speed was a factor in the crash. Det. Sgt. Lamison said he believes the 2009 Lexus CS350 exceeded the 25 mph speed limit heading west on Hill Street, but could not say by how much. Mr. White was in the front passenger seat.

It is still unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash as no toxicology report has yet been completed, since the crash is still in early stages of investigation.

Mr. Gumbs and Mr. Bess have not yet been released from Brookhaven Memorial and Stony Brook University hospitals, respectively, and still remain in stable condition with “multiple broken bones and other serious but not life-threatening injuries,” Det. Sgt. Lamison said.

3:20 p.m.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst released a statement this morning offering her condolences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the Shinnecock Nation in the wake of this weekend’s tragic car accident,” she said. “The loss of young life is traumatic for any family, but for this small and close-knit Nation the magnitude of this loss is undoubtedly felt by all. We also wish those injured a speedy and healthy recovery.”

Monday, April 30, 3:15 p.m.

Services for both men were announced.

Visitation for Mr. White will take place at the Southampton Full Gospel Church on County Road 39 on Thursday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to noon; reflections will take place from noon to 1 p.m.; and a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Shinnecock Cemetery.

Visitation for Mr. King will take place on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m., at the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Shinnecock Cemetery.

Original Story

Two men from the Shinnecock Indian Reservation died in a car accident early Saturday morning and two passengers were left seriously injured, according to Southampton Village Police.

Jason King, 33, and Duane L. White, 22, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at about 2:23 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison. They were in a 2009 Lexus that had just made the turn onto the reservation via East Gate Road, off Hill Street, when the driver, Mr. King, apparently lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.

Two other passengers in the vehicle, Awan Gumbs, 31, and Brian N. Bess Jr,, 18, suffered “multiple, non-life threatening” injuries in the crash and remain in stable condition at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital, respectively. Mr. Bess was flown to Stony Brook by Medevac helicopter.

Det. Sgt. Lamison said it’s still under investigation whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Sierra Gumbs, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and Mr. Gumbs’s cousin, said the reservation is mourning the deaths of Mr. King, the brother of Tribal Trustee Randy King, and Mr. White. Also, Mr. Gumbs is the son of Tribal Trustee Lance Gumbs.

Mr. White had just turned 22 on April 4, she said.

“It’s really hard for us, because we’re such a small, tight-knit community,” she said. “It’s like everybody lost a family member. So it’s really, really, really, really sad up here right now.”

Mourners gathered at the crash scene on Saturday morning for a vigil honoring the victims.

The Southampton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene of the crash, extricating the victims from the wreckage. Crews from Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and Southampton Volunteer Ambulance assisted at the scene, as did Southampton Village Police and State Police.

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So terribly sorry for your loss. Reminds me of the accident that took the life of a young high school student in North Haven not too long ago. Same situation, hitting a tree. Many people speculated at that time of day, similar to this situation, that she may have been trying to avoid hitting deer as it is a known crossing point.

My heart goes out to all - the victims of the accident, their families and the Shinnecock community.
By Vikki K (56), Southampton on Apr 28, 12 12:01 PM
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There are no words. My heart is broken. All that matters is that we are there for each other. Condolences to the families and the community.
By shaeleigh (1), southampton on Apr 28, 12 12:34 PM
What a terrible thing! All of our prayers and condolences go out to the families.
By elliot (203), sag harbor on Apr 28, 12 12:59 PM
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Sorry for this great loss,,,,May God Bless you all,both Living and Dead.Your faith will pull you all through,Chief Free Wind.
By Etians rd (168), Southampton on Apr 28, 12 5:06 PM
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By LovinLife (14), East Quogue on Apr 29, 12 11:24 AM
My sincere condolences to the entire reservation and the families of this tragic event loss of the two yound men. My prayers are with Lance and his family and tribal members on the quick recovery of the other two young men. Many prayers and vblessings being sent your way. WHB, NY
By harlee24 (5), southampton on Apr 29, 12 11:32 AM
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By fish head (7), Southampton on Apr 29, 12 11:56 AM
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Very sad. I know Randy King very well and my heart breaks for him.
By dnice (1314), Hampton Bays on Apr 29, 12 12:12 PM
So awful. My condolences to all the familes involved. To lose two young people from such a small, tight knit community must be heart breaking. Thank you to all the gallant folks who responded to what must have been a horrific scene and who must have worked so hard to help the two who were injured. May Mr. Gumbs and Mr. Bess recover quickly.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Apr 29, 12 1:10 PM
I'll miss you Jason, R.I.P.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Apr 29, 12 1:31 PM
constructive criticism should be banned from this site!!
By springsmom (23), East Hampton on Apr 29, 12 6:24 PM
C.C. should be banned from the planet.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Apr 29, 12 8:16 PM
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I'll help build the rocket, to send this nozzle clean past the Van Allen Belt.
By Mr. Z (6058), North Sea on Apr 29, 12 8:53 PM
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This board should be strictly to express sympathy and condolences to the families. Anything else is extremely poor taste..and I would think 27east would have the empathy to realize that and remove inappropriate posts. There is a time and a place for "constructive criticism" and this is not it! There are families that are suffering and they should be granted the dignity to do so.
By AnonymousSgh (177), Sag Harbor on Apr 29, 12 8:47 PM
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Since when do any of you decide what is appropriate for this board postings? As long as the comments are related to the story the postings should be allowed. If you want to post condolences only, they have a place for that. You need to post to funeral home area.
By Walt (243), Southampton on May 4, 12 10:38 AM
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By summertime (488), summerfield fl on Apr 29, 12 10:12 PM
CC's comments should be struck and he/she banned.
By Hambone (376), New York on Apr 29, 12 10:29 PM
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By Mommy (2), southampton on Apr 29, 12 10:32 PM
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By Mommy (2), southampton on Apr 29, 12 10:37 PM
You see what can happen if you neglect to bleach that black mold in the bottom of your slop sinks. It starts posting comments (VIDE constructivecriticism, criticismcritical and wintertime.)
By highhatsize (2047), East Quogue on Apr 29, 12 11:02 PM
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By S'hamptonNative (14), Southampton on Apr 30, 12 6:20 AM
We apologize that some inappropriate comments were left posted overnight. They have since been removed and the users have been banned from future posting.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (85), Westhampton Beach on Apr 30, 12 9:28 AM
This is not a memorial site. what type of censorship does the press practice due to their not agreeing with the poster. While I did not see the offending posts, posts other than sympathies should be allowed as long as they are related to the referneced news story!
By Walt (243), Southampton on May 4, 12 10:40 AM
no they shouldnt and it is because of idiots having the right to say what they want no matter how offensive or insensitive that our country is in the chaos it is today!! It sickens me to think of the hate and poison in this society in 2012!!
By kjackson111 (1), patchogue on May 4, 12 1:28 PM
Since you didnt see the offending posts, perhaps you should refrain from commenting. No its not a memorial site, but relatives and friends of these young men will visit this article, they've lost a loved one, that's painful enough without being subjected to the ignorance and vitoral of the cowards who have nothing better to do than inflict pain on people that they know they will never see face to face and if they did they would not have the guts to speak what they typed.
By pstevens (392), Wilmington on May 6, 12 5:19 PM
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Thank you for doing that.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Apr 30, 12 11:25 AM
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I know that it sometimes seems that I absolutely must have the last word.

All that I must say this morning, is that life is a pattern, and thou art the weaver...
By Mr. Z (6058), North Sea on May 1, 12 12:53 AM
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RIP TEK & DL:(( Get better Awan & Man-Man.....God is a healer!!!!
By concerned hamponite (7), hamptons on May 1, 12 9:50 AM
I've had to brake very suddenly for deer in that area.
By btdt (263), water mill on May 1, 12 3:55 PM
Yes deer do cross at that area,and I have also had to take emergency action to avoid customers leaving the many smoke shops now dotting this area.
By Etians rd (168), Southampton on May 2, 12 9:30 AM
My heart goes out to the families that lost thier loved ones. May they get comfort and hope from God and the friends around them
By YXZ (29), Hampton Bays on May 2, 12 3:12 PM
It was a year ago that two men also died in a burning car crash in Sag Harbor -so many heart broken families and friends, I for one was a friend, my heart goes out to the families of these boys killed recently-it's going to hurt for a long time.
By nurse (51), sag harbor on May 8, 12 7:42 PM
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