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Pedestrian, 61, Killed in Amagansett Hit-and-Run, Police Say

East Hampton Town police are looking for a vehicle that hit John Judge on Main Street Tuesday night.

Update, 11:50 p.m.: East Hampton Town police identified the man who was killed in the hit-and-run accident on Tuesday night as John Judge, 61, of East Hampton.

"Detectives believe the vehicle that struck the victim fled the scene in an unknown direction after sustaining damage to the front end in the collision," Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said in a statement released Tuesday night.

This is the eighth fatal motor vehicle accident in the Town of East Hampton in 2012. Judge is the second pedestrian killed this year; in June, a taxi struck and killed 17-year-old Jeffrey Ahn while he was walking along Old Stone Highway with friends.

Update, 10:30 p.m.: The pedestrian who was struck in a hit-and-run accident on Main Street in Amagansett on Tuesday night died of his injuries at Southampton Hospital, according to East Hampton Town police.

Detective Lt. Chris Anderson said his department is continuing to search for the vehicle and its driver. The victim's name has not been released yet.

Detectives are investigating at the scene, where the man was found bleeding on the eastbound side of the street, across from Astro Pizza, at about 7:50 p.m.

East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione, who stopped to get pizza, discovered the man laying up against a Toyota Tundra pick-up truck that was parked on the side of the street, just east of Hedges Lane. He declined to comment further.

The Amagansett Fire Department, of which Stanzione is also a volunteer ambulance driver, received the call at 7:52 p.m. The man was reportedly bleeding and unresponsive.

An ambulance transported the man to the hospital, where police said he died from his injuries.

A small stretch of Main Street remained closed, between Hedges Lane and Miankoma Lane, while detectives gathered evidence, under a tent due to the rain.

Chief Ed Ecker, who was also at the scene along with Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and Police Captain Mike Sarlo, expected the road to be closed for several hours and asked that drivers use alternate routes.

Those with any information about the crash are asked to call East Hampton Town Police at 631-537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.

Previously: Police are looking for a vehicle that hit a pedestrian on Main Street in Amagansett and left the scene on Tuesday night.

The victim, who reportedly has serious injuries, was struck in front of Astro Pizza. Police were called at 7:52 p.m.

The Amagansett Fire Department transported the victim to Southampton Hospital.

The East Hampton Town Police Department put out a "Be on the Lookout" alert to area police departments for a vehicle with front-end damage. Detectives were called to the scene of the accident.

Police Chief Ed Ecker was on his way to the scene, as well.

He said Main Street — which is also Montauk Highway — will be closed in the center of Amagansett for several hours while detectives investigate. He asked that motorists use an alternate route.

Misty October 25, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Ms. Vecsey - thanks so much for the link - it was very comforting to read the article and see pictures of Johnny. I'm forwarding the link to my children and will always be grateful for your kindness. When my son called me to tell me about Uncle Johnny, I just could not believe it - it is not something anyone ever wants to believe but while I knew he had friends very dear to him in the Hamptons, I did not realize the extent of the friendship and it is comforting to know he had "family" there. God Bless,
christine sciulli October 25, 2012 at 03:45 AM
this is such a tremendous tragedy. i agree with comments on the very poor/glarey lighting. i am also astonished at the number of drivers who ignore the pedestrian crosswalks in amagansett.all that said if you are watching the road,and going 30 or under even with poor lighting you will see a pedestrian crossing. even dressed in black. humans are hardwired to see other humans. leaving a person to suffer and die to save yourself is unimaginably heinous and unforgivable.
hometownEH October 25, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I hope that Mr. Judge did not suffer. I'd like to think that the individual is not callous or cold, but rather intensely scared. I suspect that the person fled out of fear - primarily fear of the unknown. However, that does not make it okay.
Misty October 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
HometownEH - I understand where you are coming from by fear or not - you don't leave someone to die alone on the highway - there is no amount of time or excuses that will justify doing this and now this person or persons will live with nagging at their mind constantly telling themselves - I killed a person - if they have any heart at all they will come forwaard and tell everyone just what was so important in their life that they could not stop to help or at least make a phone call to try and save Johnny.
Shrinkgirl October 28, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I agree Misty. I believe this individual needs to make a phone call now. To the Police, to a minister, to a therapist. Make the call and free yourself. Let someone help you to do the right thing. Your suffering will continue until you make that call.


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