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Mar 30, 2009 2:43 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Woman dies in crash; driver flees on foot

Mar 30, 2009 2:43 PM

A head-on collision on County Road 39 in Southampton Saturday morning has left a 46-year-old Amagansett woman dead, and the driver of her vehicle, who police say caused the accident, is still at large after fleeing the scene on foot.

Delfina Orrego was a passenger in a westbound Nissan Pathfinder SUV that collided with an eastbound Ford E350 van shortly before 9 a.m. The Southampton Town Volunteer Ambulance took her to Southampton Hospital, where she died soon afterward.

Southampton Town Police said they do not know the identity of the driver of the 1997 Nissan, who they were unable to find despite the assistance of a New York State Police K-9 Unit. Southampton Town Police Detective Robert Stabile Jr. said the police are not releasing a description of the driver at this time.

Det. Stabile said it appears the driver was injured but still able to get out of the Pathfinder on his own. Passing motorists who stopped to aid the accident victims directed the man to sit by the side of the road while they helped those who were more seriously injured, but he slipped away when they were not looking, the detective said. It was a chaotic accident scene with several victims, and the man was able to escape amid the confusion, he added.

County Road 39 was closed for about two hours after the accident, while the road was cleared and the area searched. The crash occurred in front of Southampton Golf Range and just west of the Southampton Elks Lodge.

The 2008 Ford was driven by 55-year-old Zhenqin Li of Manhattan, according to police. He was admitted to Southampton Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Police said two passengers in the van were treated and released.

Both vehicles were impounded to the Southampton Town Impound Yard in Hampton Bays for further investigation.

The Southampton Town Detective Division is asking anyone with additional information to call (631) 728-5000 or the Crime Tips Hotline at (631) 728-3454. Tips may also be sent by e-mail to crimetips@southamptontownny.gov. All calls will be kept strictly confidential, Town Police said.

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please pray for the passanger in the black truck, she needs all the help she can get
By typical (63), southampton on Mar 28, 09 4:14 PM
my deepest sympathies to her family
By typical (63), southampton on Mar 28, 09 9:59 PM
Why on earth would someone run?
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Mar 29, 09 8:16 AM
" Why on earth would someone run? "

Maybe because they have something to hide ? DWI ?
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Mar 29, 09 10:41 AM
no matt, its probably not a dwi. the driver is probably an illegal driving w/o a license and avoiding deportation. I see illegals driving everday most likely without a license. I saw one in a nicer car than most. He was driving an escalade with a woman. they really looked ragged, moustaches, torn up clothes, and looked like your typical spanish couple. doubt they were legal.
By OrignialLocal (34), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 11:17 AM
OriginalLocal , you mean they would actually deport an illegal ? I thought that was politically incorrect in America today ? LOL.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Mar 29, 09 12:16 PM
originallocal and ice cream man are two off the biggest ignorant morans on the face of the earth! thats a human beings life that was lost and the only thing you can speak on is on immmigration terms you have no right to judge people like dat,whoever it was driving has to get caught whether they are caucasian,african american or latino for leaving the scene..i wish people like you could go starve in a poor country have your kids wear raggety cloths and shoes ,get no education,then we would see ...more
By thetruth (9), hampton bays on Mar 29, 09 12:22 PM
thetruth - thanks for speaking up. I was thinking about the woman that died and was praying for her family. But you idiots like icecreamman that right away he assume it was a spanish driver. Which it could've been. But why do we assume right away that he was spanish, maybe because he is driving a pathfinder, or the passenger's name is in spanish. Did you ever think that maybe it was a white male hanging out with a spanish woman? Ignorant and stupid to think right away that it was an illegal person. ...more
By E (11), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 1:42 PM
who in the world would run away from an crash like that and leave your passenger to die?a murderer wouldn't you think.
By pinga (90), hamptonbays on Mar 29, 09 2:55 PM
The driver that fled the scene was in fact Spanish. His description was all over the scanners yesterday.
By Uncle Fester (61), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 2:56 PM
E you are correct. Hmm isn't it funny, a few months back there was a death involving a latino and the only thing people were concerned about was if he was legal or not. It is pathetic that most of you show no concern to the lady's family. The only thing that is in concern here is that the gentleman might have been spanish and that he is probably illegal. Its ashame. There are more things that we all should think about here. My thoughts go out to the victims family and hopefully the police will find ...more
By courtesy (43), Southampton on Mar 29, 09 4:21 PM
DELFINA, WAS A SWEET WONDERFUL WOMEN AND WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING HER.
By GLOJRANS (3), MONTAUK on Mar 29, 09 4:35 PM
GLOJRANS did she have a family ? children ? sorry to be so outward but I need to know
By typical (63), southampton on Mar 29, 09 7:30 PM
why? does not this country give opportunities for ilegal immigrants to get driver's license?
By denny (2), southampton on Mar 29, 09 8:22 PM
Delfina orrego was my friend that used to go to my church down at amagansset..She was very nice.... i know her husband and her son and three daughters and 2 sons.. the day she died i went to the hospital to see her but the doctor told us that she had died with a broken neck and inguries on the chest.. her son and husband were crying and then we came to our church that night to spend the night with delfina's son and husband to show them that we care about them... if u want more info on this send ...more
By jonnie (3), east hampton on Mar 29, 09 9:38 PM
one more thing yes they did find the driver and he was very brused and went to jail for a very long time.... i hope he learns his lesson for killing a inoccent lady who never did anything bad..... i heard thet the driver caused the accident on purpose
By jonnie (3), east hampton on Mar 29, 09 9:41 PM
he was ecuadorian
By jonnie (3), east hampton on Mar 29, 09 9:42 PM
Maybe if SHPD enforced the impound law for repeat offenders of driving without a license/suspended license, this could have been avoided. Chances are very good that this was the case here.

thetruth..."I wish people like you could go starve in a poor country have your kids wear raggety cloths and shoes ,get no education,then we would see if you would make those comments." What does that have to do with vehicular homicide? If you grow up in a third world country its ok to do this in the ...more
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Mar 30, 09 9:31 AM
OOh...a guy with a mustache... must be illegal! Can you also spot the hidden horns on Jews?
By littleplains (305), olde england on Mar 30, 09 10:45 AM
SH PD ARREST A 43 YEAR OLD MALE UNLICENSED DRIVER. Heres another shot in the dark, most likely of questionable legal status.

littleplains, I think you're mistaken, people of jewish decent do not have hidden horns. Shame on you for such a statement!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Mar 30, 09 11:48 AM
did the man arreseted still have a mustache?
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Mar 30, 09 11:57 AM
it was a sarcastic comment - people on this board are talking about people with mustaches as being "dirty" and "spanish"... as if they can tell illegals just from looking at them.

Of course Jews don't have horns - my point is, the racist morons on the East End make the same statements about "Spanish" people as I heard for years as a Jew.

By littleplains (305), olde england on Mar 30, 09 12:06 PM
Everyone is jumping to conclusions and those are leading to racist comments. But let's be real-the driver fled for a reason: could've been just scared, overcome with emotion for having caused the death of someone who must have meant something to him or she wouldn't have been a passenger; might have been something on his driving record that he knew would cause him further arm (DWI etc); or could've been operating the vehicle illegally-unlicensed due to citizenship ,age,past violations,or had no insurance. ...more
By IMHO (1), Sag Harbor on Mar 30, 09 12:26 PM
quote from a previous comment:

"I see illegals driving everday most likely without a license. I saw one in a nicer car than most. He was driving an escalade with a woman. they really looked ragged, moustaches, torn up clothes, and looked like your typical spanish couple. doubt they were legal."

What is wrong with people here? think of the layers of racism and ignorance it takes to write something like this.
By littleplains (305), olde england on Mar 30, 09 12:37 PM
I was there, 3 ft from the accident watching it all happen in slow motion, seeing it happen before it actually happened. We were driving along side the black pathfinder when we noticed the car start to vear into the turning lane corrected itself then accelerated and turned head on into the van. We slammed on our breaks just before impact and avoided the debris from hitting us, I dialed 911 and my boyfriend ran and checked on everyone. I was sure the driver of the Van was severely hurt, just from ...more
By luv2eat (1), East Hampton on Mar 30, 09 12:41 PM
These idiots making those comments about hispanics are retarded. They have the education of a 3 year old and the mental capacity of a gold fish. littleplains: are you a moron, to you Hispanics are dirty looking and with mustache. Stop watching cartoons and watch some education TV or read a text book. The world doesn't revolve around East Hampton. So, for all of you people saying that all Hispanics look alike and drive illegally, are you that idiotic and ignorant to think that all illegals are hispanic. ...more
By SJUMike (1), East Hampton on Mar 30, 09 12:54 PM
Wake up Mike - I was quoting from ANOTHER poster above - i couldn't agree more with you... and from multiple other people on this board
By littleplains (305), olde england on Mar 30, 09 1:02 PM
Let us not forget that driving is a priviledge regardless of legal status in this country. This man did not have that priviledge and this is the worst consequence of driving without a license.
He is not justified in his actions of running away regardless of legal status. There is no reason to justify any of his actions on Saturday and try to tie it to the struggle of immigrants in this country.
This is a sad loss of a person and my heart felt condolances to the family.
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Mar 30, 09 4:18 PM
the driver of the pathfinder was not drunk, but semi conusous from the impact, I too was at the scene and my car was involved when the van sideswiped me from the twisting impact, I too interacted with the driver as well as every othe victom at the scene as I was able to render medical help, myself along with a Dr worked with Delphina untill the ambulance left. it was a horriable act for the driver to leave her they way he did, not to metion the other 3 people he injured and the thousands in property ...more
By typical (63), southampton on Mar 30, 09 5:07 PM
Shame on those who have turned this tragedy into a platform for their political agenda. But, apparently, such people have no shame. My condolences and my prayers to all injured in this terrible accident. and to their families and friends.
By Viewpoint (26), Southampton on Mar 30, 09 6:10 PM
thats not fair for the guy ,who knoes that he didnt hace the fault mybe he was something 4 the lady .now that the lady died he cant prove that they knoe eachother.in this case he probably didnt ran away just because he wanted to kill the lady probably he went to look 4 help and try to get someone to help him and the lady.THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN JUDGE HIM IS GOD AND GOD IS THE ONLY ONE THAT KNOES THE TRUTH IF THE GUY WANTED TO KILL THE LADY.
By brillant11 (1), queenz on Apr 2, 09 6:14 PM
No one says the guy killed intentionally. If we wasn't here , as he is not here legally, she would be alive. He didn't need to look for help, the road was full of people running to help. Bad arguement, brillant11.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Apr 2, 09 7:23 PM