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Jul 29, 2012 2:16 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Police Identify Victims In Fatal Crash On Sunday In East Hampton

Jul 31, 2012 5:30 PM

A two-car accident on Route 114 in East Hampton at 12:34 p.m. on Sunday claimed one life and left three people seriously injured. It was the fifth fatality involving a motor vehicle in the town this year.

East Hampton Town Police shut the road down until approximately 8 p.m. while investigating the accident, rerouting traffic to Daniel’s Hole Road and South Breeze Drive.

On Monday morning they identified the people involved. Douglas Foster Schneiderman, 51, of McLean, Virginia, who was driving north on Route 114 when his vehicle was struck head-on, was pronounced dead at the scene. His two passengers, Elisabeth Schneiderman, 51, and Rachael Schneiderman, 16, were taken by East Hampton Village Ambulance Association volunteers to Southampton Hospital, where they were admitted with serious injuries.

Brian K. Midgett Jr., 20, of East Hampton, who had been driving south in a pickup truck, was airlifted to Stony Brook 
University Medical Center, 
also with serious injuries, according to East Hampton Town Police.

Police said Mr. Midgett’s pickup truck had crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with the Volvo Mr. Schneiderman was driving. East Hampton Town Det. Lt. Chris Anderson on Monday said that he could not comment further while the crash was still being investigated, even to say what the investigation was looking into. Whether speed was a factor would be weighed “as a possible contributing factor as we do in all accidents,” he said. He declined to say whether police were investigating alcohol as possible factor. Det. Lt. Anderson also said 
that, due to privacy laws, he could not speak about the condition of those who were injured.

In addition to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, the East Hampton Fire Department and volunteers from Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton responded to the scene. East Hampton Fire Chief Thomas Bono said that perhaps 30 to 40 fire volunteers responded with heavy rescue equipment.

Both the pickup truck and the Volvo were impounded for safety checks, according to police. Detectives have asked anyone who witnessed the crash to call the police at (631) 537-7575.

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Sure are a lot of bad accidents lately..
By Brian Bailey (36), Southampton on Jul 29, 12 3:06 PM
Two four wheelers, three hours.

Involve a commercial vehicle, it takes even longer.

BTW, this seriously is out of control.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 29, 12 4:45 PM
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By "seriously out of control" are you referring to the amount of time it takes to clear the road or the frequency of terrible accidents?
By Brian Bailey (36), Southampton on Jul 29, 12 5:51 PM
The frequency.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 29, 12 5:59 PM
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By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 29, 12 5:44 PM
prayers go out to the wife and 2 daughters in the car.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 29, 12 7:07 PM
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sorry my post was to a picture from another source that is now on 27 east. sorry again 27
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 29, 12 8:45 PM
I think it is despicable that your would post a picture of the vehicle before the names of the deceased was released. And if u notice the deceased was still in the vehicle due to the fact that he is covered by the white sheet. You should be ashamed of yourself. What a lack of respect
By princess11954 (5), east hampton on Jul 30, 12 1:07 AM
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That's really sad and tragic. Sounds like the woman is now a widow and the girl is without a father. What is going on out here?
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jul 30, 12 11:47 AM
Heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Schneiderman and her daughter. What a tragic accident. Those ladies not only have the trauma of being in a car accident themselves, but it is forever associated with the loss of their husband/father. My heart aches for them. We all have to be careful and SLOW DOWN out there on the road.
By Rosey (2), Southampton on Jul 30, 12 12:59 PM
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so sad, my prayers go out to all involved
By coldinthehamptons (10), Southampton on Jul 30, 12 1:17 PM
Besides driver inattention, I would bet that texting while driving is the common denominator in the recent head on accidents. God protect our families.
By theprogram (37), east quogue on Jul 30, 12 10:14 PM
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I am surprised it took someone else 14 posts to say what I was thinking. Now lets not have an over reaction here people texting does not mean talking.... it means texting. Next we will get the usual over reaction and people will be saying we must ban cell phones while driving. I say B.S. It is the texting that is dangerous. We should impose stiff penalty's for texting while driving and leave talkers alone.talking is statistically less dangerous than eating applying makeup or playing with the radio. ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jul 30, 12 10:32 PM
Early this afternoon I was driving on Major's Path when a large truck veered into my lane. I kept calm turned to the right while slowing down, going off the road onto the grass and just as I was wondering, "Now what? I can only go into a tree if I veer off any more," the truck went back into its lane. It was thisclose. There were no joggers or bicycles in the truck's lane. I didnt see he driver, but he had to have been texting or calling someone. People don't just veer over into oncoming traffic ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Jul 30, 12 11:49 PM
Ah to be young again... younger than 60. The young think they are invinceable. I do remember that feeling. A couple of accidents cured that. Thankfully no human damage in my accidents. I wish there was someway to impress the danger to those who text while driving.
To get a drivers licence is it mandatory to take an accredited driving course?
Yes, I did take Drivers Ed in high school.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Aug 1, 12 10:32 AM
I feel it is very ignorant for people to aaume that texting was involved. The police will know but for folks to be assuming texting was involved that is very wrong, There could many other causes, health issue, something running into road, even the possibilty of drugs and or alcohol. But for people to start rumors that is just down right WRONG!
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Aug 3, 12 7:30 PM
This is one of the top headlines on 27east.com and it is more than a week old. I thought there had been a new fatal crash. I'm not saying the story should be taken off the website, but taking it out of the top headline box might be warranted. There have been no new updates on this story.
By btdt (449), water mill on Aug 9, 12 4:42 PM
I feel it is a shame that people like to make assumptions! It is devastating all the way around! Texting, alcohol, drugs AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT IS BEING ASSUMED WAS NOT THE CASE IN THIS SITUATION!!! We do not know what happened however we know none of the above was a cause! to make accusations regarding a fatal accident does nothing but cause problems! For all we know someone could have sneezed and lost control of their vehicle! Someone was critically injured & the other lost his life!!! A simple ...more
By Bonac81 (1), East Hampton on Aug 9, 12 9:58 PM
btdt-there was a new fatal crash his morning
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 9, 12 10:43 PM
New article out. Court appearance adjourned for driver of pick up.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 23, 12 11:40 AM