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Oct 4, 2011 3:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Woman Dies Following Car Accident In Hampton Bays

Oct 6, 2011 11:41 AM

A woman airlifted to the hospital following a two-car crash in Hampton Bays on Tuesday afternoon died late Tuesday evening, Southampton Town Police confirmed on Wednesday morning.

The woman, whom police identified on Wednesday afternoon as Jeanette Kelly, 84, of Palm Beach, Florida, was airlifted to the Stony Brook University Medical Center via Suffolk County Police Medevac after her 2000 Lexus sedan was broadsided by a 1998 GMC van at the intersection of Montauk Highway and Canoe Place Road at 1:53 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. She died Tuesday night, Town Police Sergeant Lisa Costa said.

The other motorist, Matthew Worell, 57, of East Quogue, was taken to Southampton Hospital with minor injuries, officers said.

Ms. Kelly had pulled out of Canoe Place Road to make a left turn onto Montauk Highway when she apparently hesitated and was struck on her driver’s side by Mr. Worell’s van, which was being driven eastbound on Montauk Highway.

No charges have been filed in connection with the accident, police said.

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Maybe that 45 MPH speed limit sign by the animal hospital is too premature.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 4, 11 5:56 PM
I can't believe there is no traffic signal there yet.

Or at least a flashing yellow
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Oct 4, 11 6:31 PM
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Yet again @ the same location!!!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Oct 4, 11 9:10 PM
Ms Kelly actually had a residence at 40 Canoe Place Rd-27East should do a better job.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 5, 11 2:59 PM
Don't be so quick to shoot the messenger. Reporters generally rely on the address that police have, which usually comes from DMV. That's the address where her car was registered and which she likely considered her primary address. Her house here may just be a summer home.
By easthamptoner (34), easy hampton on Oct 5, 11 3:36 PM
Is it necessary to publish a person's address? The car was obviously registered in Florida since it had Florida plates. The fact that she had a home here doesn't really change the story. It was a terrible accident no matter where she lives.

My sympathies to her family.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 11 3:04 PM
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Sad accident, both locals... I know both, sad day.
How many accidents and deaths do we need before something gets done about that intersection?
By nofxisgone (1), Hampton Bays on Oct 5, 11 3:07 PM
So sad . No one should be allowed to make a left there. Too many ways to head west without going to that intersection.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Oct 5, 11 7:56 PM
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I agree, too much going on at that intersection to make a left. Worse scenario I go right, then turn around by the Inn. Yep, a bit out of my way but at least I can see who is going where.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 11 7:18 AM
There is no doubt that a traffic signal should be placed here. There have been too many accidents and near misses. Now a person has died. It is very difficult to gauge when to go for the complete turn due to oncoming traffic in both directions.
By Bridget325 (27), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 11 9:12 AM
How do we get a light there? Is there some kind of public request form? I'm sure everyone would be all for it.
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), East Quogue on Oct 6, 11 10:04 AM
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Should definitely be No Left Turn there , and at what age are we finally going to re-test drivers ? Do we just let them keep going until somebody gets killed ?
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Oct 6, 11 10:11 AM
Perhaps contact Fred Theile. He's helped get changes made out east. At the least, his office could point people in the right direction to get a light. Poor woman. How sad.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Oct 6, 11 12:28 PM
I believe there's been talk of getting a light for some time. Where is it? If we can't get a light, how about a rotary? That should take safety into account and aid in traffic flow.
By HBNative (15), Hampton Bays on Oct 6, 11 1:39 PM
Need light!
By Talbot77 (53), southampton on Oct 6, 11 2:23 PM
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At some point common sense should dictate dangerous areas. I never needed at light at that intersection on Flanders rd to know not even to attempt a left there but also to slow down in that area all together.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Oct 6, 11 2:53 PM
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"At some point common sense should dictate dangerous areas."

Agreed. As posted above, and I have been doing this for years, make a right, bang a u-turn, when turning left will either be unsafe, or take 15 minutes, and a risky move.

As someone who has logged hundreds of thousands of miles in 20 years on the road, common sense is one thing that is SERIOUSLY lacking behind the wheel.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 6, 11 5:31 PM
I hate the proliferation of stop signs and traffic lights. This intersection, however, has sorely needed a light for years.
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 7, 11 3:28 PM