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Nov 8, 2012 11:11 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Shinnecock Man Dies In Thursday Morning Crash On Icy Road In Hampton Bays

Nov 8, 2012 1:37 PM

UPDATE: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

Matthew D. Williams, 29, of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation was driving a 1999 Ford Mustang north on Flanders Road about two miles north of Old Riverhead Road, when icy conditions caused him to crash into a tree, trapping him in his car, Town Police said.

A Hampton Bays Fire Department heavy rescue unit responded and began working to free him, but during the rescue, Mr. Williams, who was critically injured, lost consciousness. He was later pronounced dead at the scene, Det. Sgt. Costa said.

Mr. Williams was the sole occupant of his vehicle, and he was following another vehicle that had three of his friends in it. All were on their way to Riverhead, police said.

The other car, which had nothing to do with the accident, was traveling in front of the Mustang, lost sight of it, turned around, came upon the accident scene and called it in to police, Det. Sgt. Costa said.

The road was closed for several hours as police investigated.

Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance crews and the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office also responded.

Mr. Williams was a 2002 graduate of Southampton High School and the son of a school security guard and bus driver, according to Southampton School District Superintendent Dr. J. Richard Boyes. One of the first responders at the scene was Lou Stellato, a teacher in the district who is also with the Hampton Bays Fire Department, Dr. Boyes said.

Many Southampton staff and students were upset by the news, which the district broke in a morning meeting. Counseling is being offered, and the superintendent said some students and staff had already left for the day because of their grief.


A single-car fatal crash killed a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation on an icy road on Flanders Road in Hampton Bays early Thursday morning.

The crash occurred on Flanders Road north of Old Riverhead Road and was called in by a passing motorist as an accident with physical injury at 1:51 a.m., said Sergeant Howard Kalb of Southampton Town Police. He said he had no details on specifics of the accident, but Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa confirmed the fatality.

Additional details were not immediately available from police, but the Southampton School District posted on Facebook Thursday morning the following message: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Matthew Williams. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with his father, Mitch, a Southampton School District safety officer and bus driver, and all who knew and loved Matt.”

Reached by phone, Shinnecock Indian Nation spokeswoman Beverly Jensen said of Mr. Williams’s crash, “This is a tragedy for us. We’ve lost another young man, and we lost two not too long ago.” She was referring to a double-fatal car crash into a tree that killed tribe members Duane “D.L.” White, 22, and Jason “Tek” King, 33, in late April on the nation’s border with Southampton Village.

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This is so awful. Matt was such a nice guy. What a tragedy.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Nov 8, 12 12:13 PM
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My heart goes out to the family of this young man... Another victim of this cruel and unusual weather which has had a devastating effect on our region. May his soul rest in peace.
By pegee (14), Southampton on Nov 8, 12 1:42 PM
My sympathies to his family and friends.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Nov 8, 12 1:44 PM
The Young Men of Shinnecock are under siege. There is a heavy dark cloud that is lurking and looking to continue to take us at any given moment. We as Warriors of our Nation and families have to take heed to what is going on and understand that the signs are all around us and in place as to what we need to do to save ourselves. The movement has to be GREAT, change has to come if not now or in the very near future. The question was posed; "why is this happening"? My response, you know why this is ...more
By Shinnecock79 (2), Phoenix on Nov 8, 12 4:21 PM
condolences to his family as well as the whole Shinnecock Tribe.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Nov 8, 12 4:43 PM
Condolescenes to Uncle Martin, Uncle Harry and my male cousins that who are left to grieve their brother, Matt...
By ndn4life (6), southamton on Nov 8, 12 8:59 PM
My deepest sympathy to Mitch and Matt's brothers as well as all of his family and friends.
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on Nov 10, 12 3:28 AM
you will be miss Matt!! And my prayers are with the Williams family
By TinaMarie (1), Riverhead, New York on Nov 12, 12 10:44 PM