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Apr 19, 2014 9:19 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Driver Charged With DWI In Fatal Car Crash

Apr 22, 2014 4:35 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:10 a.m.

Ms. Rydberg, 25, has been charged with DWI following the accident, according to police.

According to a press release, Ms. Rydberg was charged on scene with one misdemeanor count of DWI and was arraigned on Monday morning after being released from Stony Brook University Medical Center. She was arraigned at the Southampton Village Court on Windmill Lane and released after posting $75,000 cash bail. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.

UPDATE: Monday, 10:15 a.m.

Allison Jane Rydberg was released from Stony Brook University Medical Center on Sunday after being admitted following the crash early Saturday morning.

According to Southampton Village Police, the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, but speed and alcohol appear to have played a role in the incident. Although nothing has been filed at this time, charges are still possible in this case.


A 24-year-old Water Mill man was killed in a one-car crash in Southampton Village on Saturday morning that left one woman critically injured, police have confirmed.

According to a press release from the Southampton Village Police, officers responded to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Flying Point Road at Route 27A at 2:37 a.m. and found a 1997 Toyota Avalon resting next to a tree with two locals trapped in the car.

The passenger in the car, Jason H. Pollak, 24, of Water Mill, was removed from the car and transported to Southampton Hospital where he was pronounced dead. At the same time, the Southampton Fire Department used the "jaws of life" to pull the driver, Allison Jane Rydberg, 25, of Hampton Bays out of the car. She was taken to Southampton Hospital by the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, and was later transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where she is listed in critical, but stable condition, according to Southampton Village Police.

"The guys did a great job getting the victims out of the car," Second Assistant Chief Chris Brenner said Saturday afternoon. "The ambulance and fire guys responded quickly and did a great job on scene."

The accident is still under investigation by the Southampton Village Detectives Division and members of the New York State Collision Reconstruction Unit. Police are asking that any witnesses call the village police at 283-0056.

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Devastating. Peace and love to the Pollack family.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 19, 14 7:39 PM
My prayers are with the family.
By local (106), north sea on Apr 19, 14 8:07 PM
My sympathies to the family. What a tragedy.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 14 8:41 PM
Way too young. RIP.
Apr 19, 14 9:06 PM appended by dnice
drugs, alcohol and driving don't mix.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 14 9:06 PM
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Why would you make such a thoughtless, uninformed comment?
By VOS (1241), WHB on Apr 19, 14 11:04 PM
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Jason was the passenger. Before you assume, learn the facts. Before you hurt someone and speak, think.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Apr 20, 14 8:51 AM
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I wasn't talking about Jason and it was informed.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 20, 14 9:27 AM
I would certainly hope so.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Apr 20, 14 9:37 AM
Why would you say something like that????????? You are a sick person.
By local (106), north sea on Apr 20, 14 11:21 PM
irregardless, you are heartless.
By local (106), north sea on Apr 20, 14 11:22 PM
Irregardless is not a word.
By Spelling Cop (22), Southampton on Apr 21, 14 6:01 AM
I'm not attacking her Phil. It is a sad story we see too often. Young kids who get behind the wheel when they shouldn't be with tragic results. Perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned it but the truth is, she shouldn't have been driving.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 14 8:39 AM
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If you KNOW that to be true, that she was too "impaired" to get behind the wheel, then why did YOU let her?
By legacy (1), BOCA RATON on Apr 21, 14 9:09 AM
Phil, who is blaming the victim?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 14 9:14 AM
I see the confusion but I was aware that Jason Pollak wasn't driving. So no, I was not blaming him.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 14 11:14 AM
Noted, thanks.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 14 12:43 PM
we are all so saddened by the untimely death of an amazing young man.. he will be missed... our thoughts go out to the family...
By Mbono (2), Sag harbor on Apr 20, 14 10:59 AM
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Updated info says speed and drinking played a roll. Wake up people. Young people driving at 2:30 am in an accident. Statistics show that 89% of the time its alcohol, speed and/or drug induced related. Unfortunately this is extremely sad. This is no way for a life to end. It should end with someone in the 80's and 90's. not in their 20's. my heart goes out to the victim's family and if the driver was on anything illegal or over the alcohol limit, I hope she gets what she deserves justice-wise. ...more
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Apr 21, 14 12:00 PM
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By zzt, nyc on Apr 21, 14 8:14 PM
Local girl, not a flight risk and has a good attorney - Eddie Burke.

Two lives forever changed.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 21, 14 8:53 PM
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ZZT- WOW. What do you mean? Hadn't heard of this.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Apr 21, 14 8:21 PM
By Howser (6), Hampton bays on Apr 22, 14 7:10 AM
It's more than a shame that a young mans life was lost in this way. The drivers complete disregard for life, the law and common sense needs to be punished. Deepest condolences to the Pollak family. Something they should never have to deal with.
By Howser (6), Hampton bays on Apr 22, 14 7:16 AM
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It took this long to come out that speed and alcohol was a factor? Anyone with common sense could have guessed the cause if this 2:30am crash that claimed a life, but local sympathies kept news of a real cause quiet. Local or not, driving impaired resulting in death should not get a pass in the media or by commenters. They could have veered across a lane and killed an innocent person.
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Apr 22, 14 8:59 AM
The Press reports what the police release as public information, after an investigation. The rushes to judgment here bewilder.

Condolences to both families. Many lives changed forever.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 22, 14 9:12 AM
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Do not assume or conclude that either party were not engaged in the same activities either. It usually takes two to tango.

Condolences to all concerned.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Apr 22, 14 3:46 PM
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My heart breaks every time I hear or read about these types of accidents. I get nervous for all the graduates in June because so many of these types of accidents. The kids always think it will never happen to them and we lose wonderful young people too soon. And we are left to cry mourn for the rest of our lives.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 22, 14 10:00 AM
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It has become all too familiar and quite the norm for this to be happening with such young people. In reading the comments one person said it takes two to tango..yes, maybe true...but if the driver WAS responsible, she would have called a cab or get someone to have picked them up. Since she DID NOT...SHE is GUILTY...End of story. Regardless whether the deceased was intoxicated or not. Funny thing is one family LOST their child..The young woman will get a little slap on the wrist and be on her ...more
By rosewood (3), southampton on Apr 22, 14 8:38 PM
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I have a son and daughter the same age and always tell them to not drink and drive. After this sad accident I have again told them have someone call a cab or drive them home if they have had too much. My deepest condolences go out to the Pollak family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you get through this painful time with family and friends by your side.
By MelanieLaPointe (1), Bangor, Maine on Apr 22, 14 9:08 PM
I do not understand the misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired, when the driver's actions caused the death of another. This is the same charge one would expect for having had one too many drinks, and getting pulled over. What happened to vehicular homicide? I also have never heard of anyone in critical condition on a Saturday and then released on a Sunday.
By mscreste (2), Hampton Bays on Apr 22, 14 10:18 PM
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Does anyone really think the young woman will go on with life like nothing happened? Do you think strangers hang out together at 2:30 am? I had a friend die the same way and I could not blame the girlfriend because when you go out, drink, and then get in a car you don't think about dying or killing someone else. The passengers are usually tossing a coin saying who wants to take the risk of getting a DWI. From experience, I've seen teachers, cops, parents, friends, all drive after a couple of ...more
By lirider (288), Westhampton Beach on Apr 22, 14 10:26 PM
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It's irrelevant that they were not strangers, and it is irrelevant that she will likely feel remorseful. That has no bearing on her culpability. It is also irrelevant as to whether the passenger was sober or not. Only the actions of the driver are judged, when the other person in the car, friend or not, is dead. Again, I do not understand how this is a misdemeanor and not a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter, given the devastating circumstances. She must have some lawyer.
By mscreste (2), Hampton Bays on Apr 22, 14 11:56 PM
You have no sympathy for all the survivors? This event is horrific for all the families and friends of the young couple involved.
But that crack about a lawyer is harsh. I am thinking of a young murder walking free because of the fat wallets who contributed to his defense.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 23, 14 9:51 AM
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The grand jury has not spoken yet. A misdemeanor is the standard initial charge based on information available to the police at the time of the arrest.

Patience . . .

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 23, 14 10:19 AM
PS the Print version of the article is a well-written tribute (blue link at top).
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Apr 23, 14 10:21 AM
Right, mscreste just looks at it from the outside and automatically thinks punishment. Yes, the driver should be held accountable and most likely will but to think that none of the circumstances involving this situation matter? The emotions, feelings of guilt, what the community already thinks? The survivor is going to have to live with this for the rest of her life. I don't care how callous one is, nobody would be able to erase this from memory. mscreste must walk on water.
By lirider (288), Westhampton Beach on Apr 23, 14 10:55 AM
Do you read much? The investigation is still on going... she has been charged with DUI its highly likely that the charges will be upgraded at the conclusion of the investigation. Its a sad situation for all involved. A life was lost and anothers life has been changed forever.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Apr 23, 14 1:09 PM
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PBR wrote

"The grand jury has not spoken yet. A misdemeanor is the standard initial charge based on information available to the police at the time of the arrest.

Patience . . . "

By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 23, 14 4:55 PM
Agree. Someone MUST be held accountable, and that would fall on the driver
By Howser (6), Hampton bays on Apr 23, 14 7:37 AM
Deepest condolences to the families from the Balducci family
By terriann1 (6), Southampton on Apr 27, 14 8:05 AM