Six-Year-Old Killed by Car in Water Mill



By Tessa Raebeck

Six-year-old Tess Burstein of Water Mill was hit and killed by a car Sunday, June 15, while crossing Blank Lane in Water Mill.

According to the Southampton Town Police Department, at around 11:19 a.m. Tess was crossing the road when she was hit by a Toyota Prius traveling northbound. She was transported to Southampton Hospital and then to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was treated for critical injuries.

A spokesperson from Stony Brook University Hospital confirmed Monday that Tess died at 4:49 p.m. Sunday.

The driver of the Toyota, Maurice Wittenberg, 76, of Water Mill, and his female passenger were not injured in the crash. The car was impounded for a safety check. No criminal charges have been filed at this time.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have more information or who may have witnessed this crash to call 631-702-2230.

The tragedy comes a year after the death of 14-year-old Anna Mirabai Lytton last June. The Springs School student was hit by a car driven by Maria Brennan, 73, and killed while riding her bike in East Hampton.


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