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Feb 15, 2017 11:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Still No Charges Filed After Southampton Village Crash That Killed One And Left Another Injured

Emergency personnel and investigators at the scene of an accident on Hill Street in Southampton Village in which one person died an another was critically injured on February 1. DANA SHAW
Feb 15, 2017 11:15 AM

Southampton Village Police still have not filed any criminal charges against the driver they say was traveling three times the posted speed limit, and into oncoming traffic, when he slammed into a luxury SUV on Hill Street nearly two weeks ago—a violent accident that left one person dead and another critically injured.

Jacob Alegria, 27, of Southampton was treated for minor injuries in the accident at around 3:20 p.m. on February 1 that later claimed the life of 20-year-old Charlotte Meyer of Germany. Ms. Meyer, who suffered significant head injuries in the crash, died five days later at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Authorities say Mr. Alegria was going approximately 75 mph in a 25-mph zone on Hill Street in a Lexus SUV while passing slower-moving vehicles heading west by driving in the eastbound lane.

The driver of the second SUV, Luisa “Lulu” S. Keszler, 26, of Southampton, was also seriously injured in the crash and had to be airlifted to Stony Brook. Her condition was upgraded from critical to serious in the immediate days after the accident; hospital officials listed her as in fair condition on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Southampton Village Police Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison, who is leading the accident investigation, said he could not say when charges would be filed against Mr. Alegria. He declined to answer questions about the investigation, such as whether or not Ms. Keszler, who was ejected from her Audi Q5 SUV and thrown nearly 30 yards onto a nearby lawn, was wearing a seatbelt.

Colin Astarita, the Southampton-based attorney representing Mr. Alegria, said on Tuesday that it is not unusual for accident investigations to take some time. He did suggest, however, that prosecutors with the Suffolk County district attorney’s office could be waiting for additional news about Ms. Keszler.

“I believe the DA’s office will wait until they can ascertain the extent of Ms. Keszler’s injuries,” Ms. Astarita said, offering a possible explanation for the delay.

Mr. Astarita did note that he was scheduled to meet with the assigned prosecutor on Tuesday to discuss the case, though it was not immediately clear if that meeting took place.

He later added: “[It’s] incredibly sad [what] these families have already endured. Tragedy.”

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Why the delay? Vehicular manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment are all good places to start. Convene a grand jury. Indictments should only be a formality. It's crap like this that makes me wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the SHVPD.
By itsamazing (223), Southampton on Feb 15, 17 12:18 PM
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Keystone Kops can't figure out if victim is alive or dead, can't figure out who was driving and bumbles investigation so badly so as to delay the filing of charges. This, with eyewitness accounts of the driver, allegedly losing his mind after sitting in the nightly Hill Street bumper to bumper westbound traffic. This is the best $$ can buy?
By even flow (985), East Hampton on Feb 15, 17 2:17 PM
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Disgraceful
By johnj (1019), Westhampton on Feb 15, 17 4:01 PM
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The only think that can explain this delay is that the dead woman is from abroad, and so has few community ties, and the criminal who used his car as a deadly weapon must have family connections to the SHPD.
By mcreste (6), Hampton Bays on Feb 15, 17 8:20 PM
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Got to be connected to someone to not be charged in my opinion. There is no way anyone should be killed in a head on with a 25 mph speed limit. Do your damn job that you are paid for and charge this killer.
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Feb 15, 17 8:54 PM
Unbelievable!........no ticket!!!!
By nurse (53), sag harbor on Feb 16, 17 2:27 AM
The Suffolk DA is an elected official.

Local residents should make sure they're going to remember this in the next election.
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 5:53 AM
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The delay in this case reminds me of the hit and run case involving the nun in water mill.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 7:15 AM
Yes - Exactly right - In that case the owner of the vehicle - a wealthy East End resident - allowed that man, an illegal immigrant without a license, to drive his SUV - and then - when the woman was killed in the hit and run accident - that same employer facilitated the driver's escape to his home country where he lives without answering for murder. The police detained the driver's brother but had to eventually release the brother since it did not have the desired result of forcing the criminal ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 11:49 AM
Hopefully, the SHVPD followed correct protocol in a serious accident where loss of life is possible and the scene was properly investigated and the appropriate coordinating departments/detectives including SCPD Homicide were called.
By Mouthampton (436), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 8:17 AM
I wouldn't blame the police I guarantee it is some politician that is standing in the way. Lets expose this loser!
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Feb 16, 17 8:26 AM
Patience, don't want to make a mistake and blow it. Less info to the public..
By knitter (1895), Southampton on Feb 16, 17 8:41 AM
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Are local police waiting for the driver to flee the country permanently, like they waited for Sister Jackie's killer to safely leave the country before releasing his name and photo?
By btdt (449), water mill on Feb 16, 17 11:14 AM
Something stinks here!
By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Feb 18, 17 11:27 AM
Disgusting that there isn't an arrest here. Someone is influencing the cops here this is a homicide not an accident!!!!!
By chief1 (2783), southampton on Feb 20, 17 2:02 AM
Throw the book at that scofflaw! If not by the law - then by a civil suit for a wrongful death - Please - he must pay one way or another for being irresponsible and reckless!
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Feb 24, 17 11:51 AM
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Update on this story? When is this young man going to be charged?
By SH_Res (342), Southampton on Mar 2, 17 5:08 PM
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Mayor Epley: How about getting YOUR PD to move on this??!!
By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Mar 2, 17 5:59 PM
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