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May 22, 2013 9:45 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Truck Crashes Into Jobs Lane Business

May 24, 2013 6:59 PM
UPDATE, Friday 11 a.m.:

Southampton Village Police have identified James, O'Hagan, 39, of Hampton Bays as the driver of the 2008 Jeep Wrangler that crashed into Norah's on Wednesday afternoon.

At 5:25 p.m. Mr. O'Hagan was traveling eastbound on Jobs Lane when he became distracted while talking on his cell phone, according to Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison. He veered off the road, striking a garbage can, traffic signs, and several flower pots before hitting the building.

On Thursday morning, Det. Lamison said the building inspector has already inspected the building and declared it safe. Repairs have already started on the building.

Mr. O'Hagan was issued a traffic ticket for talking on his cell phone while driving. Charges are not expected to be filed.


A Jobs Lane building may have sustained structural damage, and a second building had minor damage, when a vehicle crashed into them shortly after 5 p.m. in Southampton Village on Wednesday.

Chris Brenner, 2nd assistant chief of the Southampton Fire Department, said the building housing Norah’s, a women’s clothing shop, was struck by the SUV that left Jobs Lane and mounted the sidewalk. No one was in Norah’s at the time, he said, and the driver of the vehicle was not injured. He would not speculate as to the cause of the accident.

He said the neighboring Jobs Lane Deli in the same building also had minor damage, but the damage to Norah’s was more severe.

Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour, and the Village Building Department was notified because of the structural damage.

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Pickup truck?
By Moneybogue (37), Westhampton Beach on May 23, 13 12:01 AM
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"mounted the sidewalk?"

Only in The Hamptons . . . IMO.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 23, 13 4:53 AM
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PS -- other sources reported that a mannequin was "injured." Hope she is OK.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 23, 13 4:54 AM
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> "a vehicle crashed into them shortly after 5 p.m. in Southampton Village on Thursday.<

Wait, is this last week's news six days late, or this week's news a day in advance of the event?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on May 23, 13 5:02 AM
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This happened WEDNESDAY, not Thursday...

As for the cause the police won't officially speculate on....it was most likely texting while driving. (no that's not official, but yes I was on the scene and talking with several people involved)

Thank goodness these stores had closed, and no one was injured...could have been a very different news story about 15 minutes earlier...
By EQMama (29), East Quogue on May 23, 13 9:34 AM
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The article has been corrected to reflect that the accident occurred on Wednesday, not Thursday.
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on May 23, 13 10:16 AM
Or maybe sexting. Sounds like like something scandalous may have occurred here.
By fish head (9), Southampton on May 23, 13 10:46 AM
Article updated -- cell phone use to blame.

Fasten seat belts for a long crazy summer IMO.

Stay safe this weekend . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 23, 13 11:31 AM
He could have killed someone what a dummy put the phones down people there are people walking all over he could have run over someone how funny would that have been? All he gets is a fine?? sure and the hard working business owners now get all the headache of fixing this jerks problem unbelievable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on May 23, 13 3:01 PM
An explanation from the police about why he just got a ticket for talking on a cell phone while driving would be informative - sounds more like he was looking down at his phone while texting. He caused considerable property damage and probably negatively impacted the storeowner's income Memorial Day weekend by damaging goods she might have been able to sell. Is that all he would have been given if he had run over someone or hit a parked car?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on May 23, 13 3:12 PM
Could a legal case be made for "reckless driving" to include the actions of the driver here? (intentionally and illegally using a cell phone while driving into a congested downtown business district)
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 23, 13 9:41 PM
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By Disgustedwithyou (36), Hampton Bays on May 24, 13 11:17 PM
Assuming your "No" is a reply to the question about reckless driving -- what if the driver as he approached the Monument Square area had intentionally put a hood on his head, thereby blinding himself, and kept on driving?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 25, 13 8:16 AM