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.
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.”
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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.
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.