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Jul 1, 2009 11:35 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quogue officer killed in crash was storing Ferrari, police say

Jul 1, 2009 11:35 AM

The off-duty Quogue Village Police officer killed in a car accident on Sunday was responsible for storing the 2002 Ferrari he was driving at the time of the crash, Southampton Town Police said this week. Police would not say whether or not he had permission to take the car for a ride.

Town Police Detective Sergeant Randy Hintze confirmed this week that Richard Kappel, 40, of Speonk was storing the car owned by Jason Rabin of Wear ME Apparel, located on West 34th Street in Manhattan, on his property when he took it out for a ride, along with his wife’s cousin, Christian Gomez of New Hyde Park.

Mr. Rabin’s family has a house in Water Mill. It is not known how Mr. Rabin and Mr. Kappel new each other.

Police said Mr. Kappel was speeding while traveling northbound on Speonk-Riverhead Road on Father’s Day when the vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree, killing both occupants of the vehicle.

The crash occurred on a long, straight stretch of road approximately three miles north of the intersection of Speonk-Riverhead Road and Old Country Road in Speonk.

A spokesperson speaking on behalf of Mr. Rabin would not confirm or deny whether or not Mr. Kappel had permission to drive the vehicle. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families involved,” Mr. Rabin said in a statement issued through a public relations firm.

Calls to Mr. Rabin’s office were not returned last week.

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