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UPDATE: Fatal Car Accident on Flanders Road Kills Shinnecock Man

Police say icy roads likely contributed to the crash.

A young man lost his life on icy roads in Flanders early Thursday morning.

According to police, Matthew D. Williams, 29, a resident of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, died after an accident on the icy roads. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Southampton Town police report that at at about 1:51 a.m. on Thursday, a call was received regarding a single-car accident on Flanders Road, approximately 2 miles north of Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays.

Officers responded to the scene and found that a red 1999 Ford Mustang had left the roadway and crashed into a tree, with the operator trapped in the vehicle.  

Hampton Bays Fire Department members and the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance responded to the scene; the fire department’s heavy rescue unit was required to extricate the driver, who was suffering from critical injuries.

During the course of the extrication, police said Williams lost consciousness and attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful; he was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.  

Initial findings after an investigation commenced by detectives indicate that the driver lost control due to icy road conditions and inclement weather; a nor'easter blanketed Long Island Wednesday night.

Flanders Road, from Old Riverhead Road to Red Creek Road in Hampton Bays, was closed for several hours while detectives investigated the accident.  

The Suffolk County medical examiner’s office responded and will pursue further examination.

Southampton Town residents are mourning Williams' loss. "It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Matthew Williams. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his father, Mitch, a Southampton School District safety officer and bus driver, and all who knew and loved Matt," the Southampton School District posted on its Facebook page Thursday.

Southampton Town police ask that anyone with information on the above incident, or any other criminal activity, call 631-728-5000 or 631-702-2230.

A November 09, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Mitchele may god bless you and your family.such a tragedy .
Charles Clampet November 09, 2012 at 05:36 PM
God will heal "ALL" in morning of Matthew D. Williams 29 years young. I feel the families pain for I too have lost relatives in motor vehicle accidents as well. To sudden and to quick. My prayers are to the family and friends and anyone else that ever meet Matthew in his short stay here on earth.....God rest his soul. Regards to "ALL', Charles
Cheverly November 09, 2012 at 05:45 PM
You are so right cousin. We are all spread out and so far. Matt will be GREATLY missed as a positive light who shined for all to see. Let us unite in his honor, and make a greater effort to stay tight from now on. I love you Matt, Mitch, and all the surviving family members. Saffiyah - hope to see you this weekend.
Ferdinand Lee III November 09, 2012 at 10:10 PM
To all my brothers and Sister Williams Family . Our deepest condolences we will join you on the day Matt (tooie) is layed to rest. Ferdinand.
terrence gage November 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM
My sincere condolences go out to the Williams family and the Shinnecock Nation on their loss. My families prayers go out to all of you.


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