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Amagansett Crash Kills One Friday Night

After the fire department extinguished a vehicle fire, they found a single occupant dead.

Update, Monday, Feb. 25, 10:40 a.m.: Police have confirmed the identity of the driver — Samuel J. Spielberg, 31, of East Hampton. For more information, please click here.

Previously: Detectives are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Red Dirt Road in Amagansett on Friday night.

A 2002 Toyota 4Runner was found on fire off the roadway when police officers and Amagansett Fire Department personnel responded at 11:26 p.m., according East Hampton Town Detective Sgt. Robert Gurney.

"After the fire was extinguished, the single occupant of the vehicle was found deceased," Gurney said in a statement released on Saturday morning.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the 4Runner failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, west of Old Stone Highway, and left the road, striking trees and overturning.

Detectives did not release the name of the person killed. 

Police are continuing to investigate, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office. Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Hampton Town Police Department at 631-537-7575.

This is the second fatal car accident of 2013. On Feb. 7, Kelly A. Doroski, a 23-year-old Sag Harbor woman, died when her vehicle went into the woods off Route 114 in East Hampton. She was also the only person in the vehicle at the time. 

David Buda February 24, 2013 at 05:33 PM
There is simply no good or easy way to report a fatal incident/accident that won't upset someone close to the decedent. Taylor/EHPatch is doing a professional, highly competent job of reporting the news of interest to the community. Kudos!
Penny February 24, 2013 at 08:07 PM
There's no way to win here. Taylor is reporting the news, as it happens...before the gossip mill starts turning. She doesn't post horrifying accident pics (unlike the local papers) and doesn't go for the whole shock value thing. Geez, if she didn't report it, then people would be like...what's she covering up? A person lost their life and it is a very sad thing. It affects me either way...whether I end up knowing this person..or not. Beating up the messenger accomplishes nothing. If you'd rather not know, then don't read the article. Or, wait till the weeklies come out. Sad stories are shared here beside the good ones. They are all, unfortunately "news". I think Taylor & Patch provide a great public service to our (and many other) Towns. Aside from listening to WLNG, where else do we have access to "instant" local news as it happens, that involves all of us? You can't please all the people, all the time. Aside from that pic not being from the accident...it was a daytime pic anyway...the accident was at night...I don't think the family is concerned about checking Patch to see what picture they posted...they've got more important things to be worried about. May the family find peace & comfort from a community that shares in their loss.
Don chino February 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Is there info yet on who died in this accident ?
Taylor K. Vecsey February 25, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Police just updated us right after 10 a.m. Here is the updated story: http://patch.com/A-2nJv
nicolas sandoval February 26, 2013 at 04:15 AM
whent go to be the funeral

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