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Two Port Jefferson Drivers Involved in Fatal Accidents

Accidents happened on Montauk Highway, west of Berard Boulevard in Oakdale and in Selden at the intersection of County Road 83 and Route 25

Street view of intersection of County Road 83 and Route 25 fromGoogle Maps
Street view of intersection of County Road 83 and Route 25 fromGoogle Maps

Two Port Jefferson residents were involved in fatal accidents, killing pedestrians last night on Montauk Highway, west of Berard Boulevard in Oakdale and in Selden at the intersection of County Road 83 and Route 25.

 Jonathan Signh, 19, of Port Jefferson Station was driving his 2002 Hyundai Elantra westbound on Montauk Highway, when he struck a male John O’Brien.

Police officials said O’Brien, 65, was crossing Montauk Highway in front of the Lighthouse Commons Shopping Center, when Signh struck him. O’Brien was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead.

Signh was not injured, but his vehicle was taken to police impound for a safety check as police continue to investigate.

About an hour and a half later, at 9:30 p.m. Melanie Purcell, of Port Jefferson Station, was traveling northbound on County Road 83 in a 2012 Nissan, when she struck an unknown male who was crossing County Road 83.

Police officials said the Selden Fire Department Ambulance came to the scene and transported the pedestrian to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Purcell’s vehicle was also taken to police impound with detectives asking anyone with information about Purcell’s crash to contact the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.

Updates:

10/24/13 5:20 p.m -- Timothy Blake, 53, of 7 Barbara Lane, Medford, has been identified as the pedestrian that was killed at the intersection of Country Road 83 and Route 25A.

Keep checking here as this story develops. 

krys November 20, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Is this really shocking to anyone?? My condolences to the families of the two that have died, but really this is no surprise to me. I think everyone who drives on LI needs to brush up on their safety skills as drivers, in particular when it comes to taking care of pedestrians!

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