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Jan 15, 2013 2:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Wainscott Collision Sent Two Drivers To The Hospital

Jan 15, 2013 10:22 PM

One driver had to be freed from his vehicle after a two-car collision on Montauk Highway in front of the Highway Diner and Bar in Wainscott on Friday evening.

A Lexus SUV driven by Donald Kalfin, 87, of Wainscott went airborne and landed on its roof in the middle of the highway. East Hampton Fire Department heavy rescue squad volunteers cut off the doors and his seat belt to get him out, according to Fire Chief Tom Bono, who said Mr. Kalfin was “alert and conscious” at the time. He was flown by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, which is the protocol in any rollover.

Jose A. Tovarlam, 32, of East Hampton was driving a Toyota pickup in the opposite direction when his vehicle and Mr. Kalfin’s collided. Mr. Tovarlam was taken to Southampton hospital by East Hampton Ambulance with unspecified injuries.

According to an East Hampton Village Police report released on Tuesday, neither driver could remember what caused the accident. A witness told police he did not see what had caused the collision either.

The accident occurred in the rain at 5:37 p.m. Montauk Highway was closed between Daniel’s Hole and Wainscott Northwest roads until approximately 7:40 p.m. on Friday.

Police did not release information about the condition of either driver on Tuesday. Neither driver was ticketed, the police department said.

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