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May 2, 2014 7:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Neil S. Fyfe Had Just Finished First Day As Caddie At Sebonack Golf Club When Killed

May 12, 2014 9:24 AM

UPDATE: Monday, 12:20 p.m.

Neil S. Fyfe had just moved to the East End recently, and had just finished his first day working as a caddie at Sebonack Golf Club when he was struck and killed by the car being driven by Mr. Steudte on Friday night.

According to Jason Bunge, the caddie master at Sebonack Golf Club, Mr. Fyfe was a kind-hearted man who had a dream to caddie for the Professional Golfer’s Association tour. Mr. Bunge, who said he has known Mr. Fyfe for several years through working together, said he had a kind heart, and that he will be missed in the golfing community.

“In my 18 years in the golf business, he was one of the best guys I have ever met,” Mr. Bunge said on Monday. “He was very kind-hearted and everyone who met him liked him.”

Mr. Fyfe had worked at several golf courses over the past few years, including the famous Bears Club in Florida.

“He was always professional and always upbeat,” Mr. Bunge said. “He was always positive. Every member or guest who came across him really liked him—he was a special kid.”

UPDATE: Sunday, 11 a.m.

Mr. Steudte is being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment at the Southampton Town Justice Court on Saturday.

During his arraignment before Town Justice Edward Burke Sr., Mr. Steudte pleaded not guilty to the charge of DWI, while at the same time the prosecution promised additional felony charges will be filed if blood work supports that he had been drinking.

When reached on Sunday morning, Mr. Steudte’s attorney, Colin Astarita of Southampton, said it is possible that the accident was caused by a seizure, noting that his client has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and he has just begun a medication regimen, making him unable to return to college for his spring semester this year. Although he said it is hard to say for certain at this time whether the disease had anything to do with the crash, more information will be available when the results of blood work taken immediately after the crash become available.

During arraignment, Mr. Astarita stated that it is possible that signs of being drunk exhibited by his client immediately following the crash could have been shock from the accident.

“At this time, Jesse is obviously devastated by what has happened, and the Steudte family continues to keep Mr. Fyfe’s loved ones in their thoughts and prayers,” Mr. Astarita said. “I have been involved in many of these cases, both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. There is a huge emotional content from all parties involved, and regardless of the legal outcome, both sides always pay a big price.”

UPDATE: Saturday, 5 a.m.

Southampton Town Police charged a local 21-year-old with DWI on Friday night after he struck the bicyclist who was later pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital.

Neil S. Fyfe, 29, of Jupiter Florida was riding his bike attempting to cross to the south side of County Road 39 in a cross walk on Friday evening when he was struck in the eastbound lane by a 1990 Jeep being driven by 21-year-old Jesse Werner Steudte, 21, of Southampton, according to a town police press release.

Civilians in the area immediately started CPR on Mr. Fyfe, who was then transported to Southampton Hospital by the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Mr. Steudte was treated on scene for minor injuries. He was arrested and taken to Southampton Town Police headquarters and charged with DWI, a misdemeanor.

Southampton Town Police, the New York State Police Forensic ID & Collision Reconstruction Unit, The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and both the Southampton and North Sea fire departments responded to the scene.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing, and town police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the Southampton Town Detectives at 702-2230.

Original Story

County Road 39 in Southampton was closed to traffic between Magee Street and Sandy Hollow Road following an accident after which a bicyclist was taken to the hospital in serious condition on Friday night.

According to Southampton Town Police Sergeant John Boden, the accident was called into police at 6:28 p.m. on Friday. The bicyclist was transported to Southampton Hospital but the extent of his injuries is unknown.

It is unclear what caused the accident or how long the road will be closed.

More information was not immediately available.

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Cars and trucks have been clogging western Southampton Village streets for the past 3 plus hours and the last update from 27East is from over 2 hours ago?
By workingmomof4 (20), Southampton on May 2, 14 10:19 PM
As wide as this road is, I think the Fire and a police department are too quick to close it. How much room does an accident take up? This is basically a four lane road, clearly at the very least, one lane can be routed by, east or west, determined by the need and time of day. The time it is shut down is ridiculous as well. I thought the town was looking into the procedures? I think the responders are a bit over zealous and make things bigger than they are. Unless this bicyclist was dead and body ...more
By deelove (136), Bridgehampton on May 3, 14 4:57 AM
Personal safety is numb
By Southampton810 (10), Southampton on May 3, 14 5:34 AM
NUMBER ONE when it comes to an emergency scene. The road must be fully closed when there is scattered evidence and that many people on scene. Don't want some other a-hole flying through making it a double crime scene.
By Southampton810 (10), Southampton on May 3, 14 5:36 AM
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deelove, your thoughts after this morning's update at 5 AM?

Condolences to the family of the victim, and to the Steudte family.

Many lives affected forever, similar to last week.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 3, 14 6:16 AM
Another idiot that thinks its ok to drink and drive. In the year 2014 we still have morons that think it is ok.
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 3, 14 8:06 AM
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Chief1, one is always amazed by your broad brush heartless outbursts at time like this . . .

Mean mean mean
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 3, 14 8:30 AM
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You don't think he is an idiot? Really? Ok well tell that to the family of the person he just KILLED if that's not an idiot I don't know what is. I have no bleeding heart when it comes to selfish people who care only for themselves. He ruined his whole life now hope he never enjoys another day again.
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on May 3, 14 8:31 AM
really living up to the name there, Crankypants
By youngdem (16), Southampton on May 3, 14 9:20 AM
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Would love to see your feelings if it was your son he killed, really get over yourself !
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on May 3, 14 9:29 AM
No one is denying the emotional turmoil for the family of the victim, and my heart goes out to them.

But does lashing out in anger at the driver make the situation better, or worse?

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By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 3, 14 12:11 PM
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Amazing how you blamed alcohol, addiction, the size of the town and what the future holds for this accident.
While you're at it why not blame the deceased as well?
By CaseyAlden (1), New York, New York on May 3, 14 1:23 PM
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By lursagirl (202), southampton on May 3, 14 9:29 PM
Marlinspike is a smoldering troll. Don't feed him fire to burn you with. Ignore him, sociopaths hate that so does the devil!
By lursagirl (202), southampton on May 3, 14 9:33 PM
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Lol. Southampton a one horse town with no future for its young. I hope that's sarcasm. It's hard to tell on the internet.
By btdt (432), water mill on May 9, 14 12:44 PM
Another young life lost and another's changed forever. So, so sad. This seems to be getting far too familiar lately.
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on May 3, 14 10:21 AM
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So very sad. Condolences to all involved. Seriously, at what point can concerned citizens put a "TAP" on the bars serving our immature kin $20 worth of all u can drink beer?
By foodwhiner (134), Southampton on May 3, 14 11:01 AM
where do they have 20 all you can drink beer in southampton?
By llimretaw (118), watermill on May 3, 14 9:21 PM
Its a good thing people don't get into motor vehicle accidents when alcohol or drugs are not in play. I dont think most of you would have much to say.
By BlackLab (38), Southampton on May 3, 14 3:15 PM
BlackLab don't you think a person's reaction time is reduced while under the influence of alcohol? I think people drive better while not drunk. Where is Highhat now, he always loves to knock the Police for arresting drunk drivers.
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on May 3, 14 4:40 PM
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing good about driving while under the influence of anything. You don't even have to go into the physical impairments. I just don't understand the comments blaming the town as if people kill people and make bad decisions because they are from this area. I grew up here and I feel quite optimistic about my future. The people make the town, the town doesn't make the person. It is unfortunate for those who think otherwise. Read their other comments on other articles, ...more
By BlackLab (38), Southampton on May 3, 14 5:16 PM
Yeah... Everyone has to complain about something...:)
By V.Tomanoku (685), southampton on May 4, 14 9:55 AM
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This was a horrible accident. I never met Neil; however, his friends made me aware he was a gentleman. Neil was Southampton’s guest from Scotland. Rest in peace.
"...Aye, she let us go so easily
With never a backward look.
But...how could we know as we sailed or flew
Our heart was a baited hook,
With a line as long as we want it to be
To wherever we may roam,
Till...out of the blue, with one sharp tug
'Mother Scotland' reels us home".
By ron sport (14), southampton on May 3, 14 4:47 PM
This was a horrible accident. I never met Neil; however, his friends made me aware he was a gentleman. Neil was Southampton’s guest from Scotland. Rest in peace.
"...Aye, she let us go so easily
With never a backward look.
But...how could we know as we sailed or flew
Our heart was a baited hook,
With a line as long as we want it to be
To wherever we may roam,
Till...out of the blue, with one sharp tug
'Mother Scotland' reels us home".
By ron sport (14), southampton on May 3, 14 4:48 PM
A horrible accident..and even more horrible behavior from some of these people posting..disgraceful words.
By Woods woman (133), East hampton on May 3, 14 5:52 PM
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Designated drivers, more responsible bartenders, oh please, I worry so as a mother of a 22 year old.
By Mz. D (3), Southampton on May 3, 14 6:52 PM
Please lets consider the family of the deceased, some of the comments made are quite appalling. In particular "Deelove", sorry if your day was inconvenienced due to a young lads death... Please never forget that the internet is an open forum which can be read not only in Southampton, NY though also in Aberdeen, Scotland where Neil was from. Thank you. Signed: Somebody who knows the Fyfe family
By Scotswifie (1), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK on May 3, 14 9:31 PM
This accident was caused by a bar giving cheap beers? I guess no one is responsible for their actions.PBR yes I feel bad for the parents of the driver, but the driver is still an idiot. He took a life, ruined many friends and family of the deceased, because he was irresponsible.
I apoligize to Scotswifie, but our counry is losing sight of right, and wrong. We feel sorry for criminals while the innocent lay in a grave. We are becoming a pathetic bunch!
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 4, 14 11:34 AM
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Thank you for changing the tone of voice, and filtering the anger, at a time when both families are hurting with raw emotion.

And kudos to Scotswifie for focusing everyone . . .
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 4, 14 12:46 PM
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A Damn shame.
By blackduck1 (20), southampton on May 4, 14 12:16 PM
BlackLab I agree with your last comment, I believe most of my neighbors in the town are courteous responsible people. It's just sad to see these reoccurring acts.
By Sagdays (23), Southampton on May 4, 14 12:44 PM
The article has been updated including certain medical issues.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 4, 14 2:03 PM
Certain medical issues? He failed a breathalyzer didn't he? Now the defendents atty said he had a seizure? Why is someone drinking when they are on seizure medicine. Better yet why is someone driving if they are a severe epileptic? The bottom line is there is an innocent dead human being and a irresponsible driver. PERIOD!
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 4, 14 4:30 PM
Amazing how you can jump to conclusions based on cursory reports in the media, when the ACTUAL facts are not known.

Among other leaps you have made, where above does it say the driver "failed" a breathalyzer? Please post a direct quote from the article.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 4, 14 4:56 PM
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Don't really want to wade into this, but there isn't any proof that the driver was drunk or had been drinking. Doesn't say anything about a breathalyzer - only that they took a blood test and results are pending.

He was likely given a field sobriety test which he failed. Anyone remember someone else who got a field sobriety test, failed, and later was found not guilty of DWI? *cough* Kabot *cough cough*

It's a tragedy and whatever the outcome, the driver will suffer consequences ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on May 4, 14 5:02 PM
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I'm wondering what the comments will be if it is determined that the young man was not drunk but had indeed suffered a seizure while driving... lets wait for the blood tests before forming the lynch mob...
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 4, 14 7:38 PM
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It's just a nasty deathtrap , the whole road between Lobster Inn and PC Richards. Too many vehicles, too fast, everyone in a hurry, no shoulder, Not enough lights. Condolences to both families. Riding a bike is too dangerous these days.
By Tom Banjo (2), Southampton on May 4, 14 8:49 PM
Yeah the highway was the problem in this case.The road is safe if you're not speeding texting or drunk driving
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 5, 14 9:23 AM
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Still waiting for the direct quote that the driver "failed" a breathalyzer, as you alleged chief1.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 5, 14 11:39 AM
Its called a field sobriety test which means the driver looked intoxicated and failed the breathalyzer. By the way do you ever leave your couch?
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 5, 14 6:38 PM
You know personally that he in fact failed a breathalyzer test (and that one was in fact given), or we are to rely on your "logic?"
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 5, 14 7:11 PM
No PBR they didn't do a breathalyzer. He is sitting in the county jail, with 25 k bail because he did nothing wrong. Would you wake up PBR and stop asking ridiculous questions.
By chief1 (2605), southampton on May 6, 14 6:20 AM
No question is ridiculous if it clears the air of wild unfounded speculation.

Mirror
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 6, 14 10:12 AM




"If I had a dollar for every time I have been done wrong I would be very wealthy . . . "

By chief1 (1134), southampton on May 2, 14 12:02 AM
Like Reply Report as inappropriate
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 7, 14 8:53 AM
Well chief1, it would appear that you have been done wrong again, by your own hands!

On page A8 of the this week's Press (print edition link above):

"This week, police confirmed that a Breathalyzer test was not administered at the accident scene, but said that he was arrested after police observed that he was intoxicated."

Perhaps you would like to apologize in some way?
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 7, 14 5:45 PM
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Our elected officials do nothing to make 39 safer. The blood is on their hands. How many must die? There is not even a sign to ask drivers to be safe. At least on Hill Street there are signs saying the speed limit is strictly inforced. It is not safe to drive a car much less a bike on 39.
By TheTurtle (138), Southampton on May 7, 14 11:27 PM
It's not the road, it's the people utilizing it.

It's easy to blame inanimate objects. They can't fight back.
By Mr. Z (10907), North Sea on May 8, 14 4:57 AM
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Still amazing that not one elected official has mentioned the possibility of using the LIRR tracks AGAIN to move some commuters.

No vision?

No solutions.

East End Shuttle -- build it and they will come.

PS -- It's not a question of "if" but "when" IMO.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on May 8, 14 6:19 AM
What is amazing is how much you bloviate all of these pages. What is also amazing is how you and your interweb loiterers are willing to diminish this tragic event with your incessant bologna.
By bjoners (13), southampton on May 8, 14 5:20 PM
PBR, you're still misquoting that movie! " Build it and HE will come"

Good idea to utilize the damn trains, we have to pay MTA taxes we should get more trains between Patchougue and Montauk.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on May 10, 14 1:43 AM
If this young mans supposed "epilepsy" (it's been called "seizure disorder" since the late 20th century) and its medication regimen precluded him from returning to school, then it would certainly preclude him from driving.

Is it SOP for ambulance crews to draw blood from the driver at the scene of the accident? It is in some countries. Just wondering.
By btdt (432), water mill on May 9, 14 12:56 PM
Oh, and another thing. All employers should warn new employees from out of the area not to try to cross 39 on foot or on a bike, whether there is a crosswalk or not. Newcomers and out of towners do not know the history of that roadway. It's very dangerous. It was a sleepy two lane roadway built for a few potato trucks and Sunday drivers. It's outgrown itself and many people speed on it. On weekends, many drunken people are on the road, especially after work hours. Then there are people driving ...more
By btdt (432), water mill on May 9, 14 1:07 PM
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I understand from the reports that a blood test was given to the driver but it will take two weeks before they get the results back. One can get the blood tests back usually within hours or a day at the worst. I have had my blood test work back to my Doctor within a day or two. What is going on here?
By joseph chiarello (5), QUOGUE on May 10, 14 3:11 PM
a toxicollogy report is a lot different and conducted at completly different facility, and its first come first serve.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 13, 14 1:05 PM
went through that intersection the other day. the light never turns red going east and the crosswalk is really hard to see. perhaps a larger vehicle was blocking the driver's vision at the point of the accident. let's wait for the test results and the investigation to be complete before we condemn. prayers to the young man who lost his life as well as prayers to the young man who is about to lose his life.
By xtiego (683), bridgehampton on May 10, 14 5:16 PM
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That light does turn red - when a pedestrian pushes the button at the crosswalk.
By Elliver (20), southampton on May 13, 14 12:32 PM
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