By Stephen J. Kotz
The driver of an SUV was killed early Friday morning after apparently losing control of his vehicle on black ice, crossing the center line and colliding head on with a Suffolk County Transit bus on Montauk Highway between Hayground Road and Newlight Lane in Bridgehampton, according to Southampton Town police.
Cesar Marin, 27, of East Hampton died after he lost control of his 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, which veered into the eastbound lane and collided with the bus at about 6:50 a.m.
Lt. Susan Ralph of the town police said Mr. Marin was not wearing a seatbelt. Although he was not speeding, she said, he was apparently driving too fast for the conditions.
Before his body was removed by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, a woman, who police said was Mr. Marin’s wife, ran to the vehicle, peered behind a sheet that was covering his body, and collapsed with grief.
The bus driver, Andrzej Jaglowski, 50, of Riverhead was taken by Bridgehampton Fire Department ambulance to Southampton Hospital, where he was treated and released. There were no passengers on the bus, police said.
The New York State Department of Transportation Motor Safety Unit responded to the scene to perform a safety check on the bus, and Mr. Marin’s vehicle was impounded by town police.
According to Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa of the town police, just 10 minutes before the fatal accident, a one-car accident was reported at the same location. No one was injured in that crash.
Just five minutes after the Bridgehampton fatal accident, an 18-year-old Eastport man suffered serious injuries in a single-car accident on County Road 51 and Country Club Lane in Northampton.
John M. Einfeld, who was driving a 2004 Buick LeSabre, was medevaced to Stony Brook University Hospital after losing control of his car on the ice and striking a pole.
Police said they reported to a total of 15 accidents between 1:30 and 9:30 a.m., with ice a contributing factor in all of them.
Police have asked anyone who may have witnessed either accident to call them at (631) 702-2230.