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Jun 10, 2016 12:35 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Driver In Crash At Mini Dealership Lost Control Of Vehicle In Medical Emergency

Jun 13, 2016 4:54 PM

UPDATE: Monday, 11 a.m.

The driver, David Syrylo, 26 of North Carolina, experienced a medical emergency causing him to lose control of the black Range Rover, police said. Following the crash through a fence into a gravel pile, the driver was disoriented and unaware of the events of the accident.

Orginal Story:

A Range Rover crashed though a chain-link fence and into a mound of gravel Friday morning at the Mini dealership on Montauk Highway in Southampton.

Southampton Town Police responded to the crash at 8:20 a.m. The driver was taken to Southampton Hospital via Southampton Volunteer Ambulance.

Witnesses said the driver lost control coming out of Southampton Village, cutting through the intersection with County Road 39, and the Patio.com property, across the dealership’s premises. The Range Rover, which had North Carolina plates, crashed through a fence that marks where a new Audi dealership in being built.

Jilmar Ruiz, 32, of Riverhead was tending to flowers in front of the dealership when he heard the vehicle hit the sign of the Patio.com store next door. The vehicle jumped a curb and just missed three parked Mini Coopers on display outside, each worth around $40,000. The Range Rover continued toward Mr. Ruiz and his co-worker at Edward Hoyt Lawn Care, Ramiro Veliz, 38, of Riverhead, according to Mr. Ruiz.

Mr. Ruiz said he could see the driver’s expression.

“The look on his face said, Get out the way,” he said. He and Mr. Ramiro jumped out of the way. The vehicle narrowly missed them as it hit the base of the dealership’s sign , sped into the construction area’s fence and landed in a steep bed of gravel.

“We’re so lucky,” Mr. Ruiz said.

The wheels were still spinning, suggesting that the driver’s foot remained on the gas pedal, said Mr. Ruiz. He called 911 after a moment of hesitation about whether to call for help or run over to the vehicle himself.

“Thank God this was here,” said Rich Vorraro, the dealership’s manager, referring to the construction site. Before construction began, there were usually about 10 cars parked in that spot.

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By Hamptonsseashell (359), on Jun 10, 16 3:02 PM
Wow how scary!
By susgeek (41), Speonk on Jun 10, 16 3:35 PM
The really scary part of this story is that a Mini Cooper costs $40K.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on Jun 10, 16 3:43 PM
north carolina plates? but resides in riveread? weird.
By elsid66 (1), east quogue on Jun 10, 16 4:36 PM
Not really - You can be from somewhere else and keep your residency there and your car registration too - and your driver's license - for some people it is a better deal for their car insurance.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jun 16, 16 1:26 PM
nearly missed them?
By BrianWilliams (87), on Jun 10, 16 5:26 PM
Elsid66 or P&G!?! You oviously dont read and process very well The "license plates" were from north carolina the worker that almost got hit "resides in riverhead"What are you trying to start another racial conversation out of the many that this paper is used for!?!seems like lately the users can only hide behind their computers to say what they really feel, because they are afraid of being known for what they really are.i know who you are and A big part of your customers are those guys with "carolina"plates. ...more
By thetruth (9), hampton bays on Jun 11, 16 7:22 AM
Range Rover. "Best 4X4 by Far"
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Jun 11, 16 7:30 AM
Took the corner a little fast there Bub!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 11, 16 8:24 AM
Turns out to be a medical emergency which ended about as well as one could in that location -- Land Rover, no other cars hit crossing a lane of 27 westbound traffic, missed workers, ended up in a sloping pile of gravel, just like the runaway lanes they have out West for out-of-control trucks to use.

Pretty fortuitous . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jun 14, 16 5:45 AM