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Feb 8, 2013 7:53 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Montauk Man Arraigned Friday In Fatal Amagansett Hit-And-Run Accident

Feb 8, 2013 12:43 PM

Updated 12:4 p.m. Friday

Edward L. Orr was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday morning on a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident. East Hampton Town Justice Catherine A. Cahill set bail at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. Mr. Orr is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday, February 13, pending an indictment by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Orr pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the public defense attorney asked that his bail be lowered, saying that he had “significant ties to the community,” having lived in Montauk his entire life. Mr. Orr told Justice Cahill that he was living with his parents, that he had not been employed since October and that before then he had worked for the Roadrunner taxi service.

However, an assistant district attorney, Dan Cronin, told the judge that Mr. Orr had confessed to leaving the scene and that he was on probation for a felony grand larceny charge dating to 2009.

East Hampton Town Councilman Dominick Stanzione, who had found John Judge on Amagansett’s Main Street after he was struck, was among those in the courtroom. “Johnny was a great guy, and he was a friend of mine,” Mr. Stanzione said, adding that he had “great sympathy for everyone involved.” He stressed that “people are innocent until proven guilty,” at the same time commending the East Hampton Town Police for their work on the case.

Also in court were Allison, Joseph and Elena Lupo and Alda Stipanov. Mr. Judge was their longtime friend and had just left the family’s restaurant, Astro Pizza, when he was struck. Ms. Stipanov said Mr. Judge “was like a brother” who had been coming to the restaurant for coffee, lunch and companionship for 15 years. Allison Lupo, whose husband, Tony, was Mr. Judge’s best friend, said it was unfortunate that many people had assumed that an illegal immigrant was to blame for the accident.

“He could have said sorry or something; he can talk,” Joseph Lupo said after Mr. Orr’s arraignment.

Sitting alone, quietly, in the back of the courtroom were the defendant’s parents, Edward and Anitta Orr. Mr. Orr said he did not want to comment, except to say that “this is a tragedy for everybody involved.”

“He happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Ms. Orr said of her son. “He’s not a bad person.”

Original story:

East Hampton Town Police have arrested Edward L. Orr, 30, of Montauk in connection with the October 23, 2012, hit-and-run accident in Amagansett that claimed the life of John Judge, a pedestrian. Mr. Orr was arrested on Thursday after evidence recovered at the scene was linked to a 2004 Jeep Cherokee owned by Mr. Orr and recovered by detectives in New Jersey, according to police.

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Great job thanks to the East Hampton Town Police . R.I.P JJ
By 5-0 (44), Montauk Point on Feb 8, 13 8:25 AM
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By davbud (127), east hampton on Feb 8, 13 9:27 AM
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By davbud (127), east hampton on Feb 8, 13 9:45 AM
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By zaz (197), East Hampton on Feb 8, 13 3:10 PM
Amagansett Main St. in October and 730 in the evening does not happen to be a wrong place or time to me, and a Good person would have stopped, helped John, called 911, and stayed at the scene, whether they were illegal, drunk,scared, or a felon....... or the very least stepped up to the plate and admitted what they did... almost 4 months in hiding Knowing you killed another human being does not make anyone a GOOD person !!!!!! The only Person that was in wrong place at wrong time was JOHN JUDGE... ...more
By luvbug712 (1), amagansett on Feb 9, 13 8:44 AM
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His mother said he is not a bad person? No you're right he's a great person, he left the scene of a fatal accident! Un****enbelivable!!!!
By johnnyhampton (82), Southampton on Feb 15, 13 9:11 PM
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