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Apr 15, 2009 9:35 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Bridgehampton teenager killed in Saturday crash

Editor's Note: Additional reporting for this story was done by Caroline Simson.
Apr 15, 2009 9:35 AM

A 16-year-old boy from Bridgehampton was killed in a two-car accident on Saturday afternoon when the car he was riding in spun out of control on a wet Southampton highway.

Pablo Saldivar, a ninth-grader at Bridgehampton High School, was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital a short time after the crash, according to Southampton Town Police Sergeant Herbert Johnson. A 20-year-old from Hampton Bays identified by police on Monday as Joshua Harris, who was driving the car the teenager was riding in, was flown from the crash scene to Stony Brook University Medical Center. The man who was driving the second car, Michael Krafve, 29, of Amagansett, was taken by ambulance to Southampton Hospital.

According to a police account of the accident, Pablo was a passenger in a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro that was traveling westbound on County Road 39 at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. It was raining lightly at the time. Just after passing through the intersection with North Sea Road, police say, the driver lost control of the car, which spun on the wet roadway and crossed the double yellow line into the eastbound lane of traffic. An oncoming car struck the passenger side door of the Camaro at a high rate of speed.

Emergency crews from the Southampton Fire Department cut the car apart and extracted the youth and the driver.

Two Medevac helicopters were initially requested, but one was turned back when it became clear the 
boy would not survive his injuries. The second helicopter landed in a nearby cemetery and evacuated 
Mr. Harris, who is currently in stable condition at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Mr. Krafve was 
taken by a Southampton Volunteer Ambulance crew to Southampton Hospital.

Police said that it appeared the rear tires on the Camaro were worn down to an unsafe level, which they are considering a factor in the accident. Mr. Harris was issued a summons for the violation, police said.

The crash closed County Road 39 in both directions for more than three hours while police conducted their investigation of the accident.

Although no classes were scheduled on Monday due to Easter vacation, a grief counselor was available to meet with students on Monday morning at Bridgehampton School. More than 100 people attended the session, according to Bridgehampton School Principal Jack Pryor. Mr. Pryor said the grief counseling was organized informally by teachers and administrators at the school, who alerted the community via e-mail and word of mouth.

“Obviously this was a kid who touched a lot of people’s lives,” the principal said.

Mr. Pryor said Pablo transferred from the Hampton Bays School District to Bridgehampton as a freshman last September. The young man made a real impression on Mr. Pryor because of the dramatic turnaround that he made over the last year. He explained that when Pablo first arrived at the school, he spent a lot of time in the principal’s office because of problems with his grades and because he would sometimes skip school.

“He had turned the corner. He was doing everything right,” Mr. Pryor said, noting that Pablo had also recently joined the basketball team. “Things were finally working out for him. His father had immigrated from Central America, so life was not easy for the family, but Pablo was becoming a real presence at Bridgehampton in a positive way.”

Bridgehampton School Psychologist Lauren Sebor also recalled Pablo’s recent change for the better.

“In a short period of time we really got to love him and know him. He became one of our own,” said Ms. Sebor. “He had a lot of heart and took criticism well. What really stands out about Pablo was that he had the tenacity and determination to turn his life around. He was failing school and hanging out on the streets, and he did a full 180 ... He just kind of saw where that was going and didn’t want to be a part of that.”

“He was a really good kid,” said a 16-year-old girl who attended Hampton Bays High School with Pablo last year and had been friends with him for several years. The girl asked that her name not be used in the story. “Nobody deserves this, but him least of all out of all people. He showed that people can change and can be a better person. [People should] use him as a role model to do that.”

She said that the character traits that stood out most about Pablo were his maturity and trustworthiness. “He was always there for you, no matter what,” she said. “He was the kid who always had my back.”

Ms. Sebor noted that Pablo was very attached to his brothers, Eric, 14, and Luis, 18, and wanted to make sure that they also had their lives going in the right direction. “He wanted to be strong for them, and he wanted to make his dad proud. He found the inner strength to withstand temptation,” she said.

In addition to his two brothers, Pablo is survived by his father, Jose Luis Saldivar.

Staff writer Caroline Simson contributed to this story.

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Our condolences to the family and friends of Pablo Saldivar, and to the entire Bridgehampton community.

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By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Apr 12, 09 6:00 PM
R.I.P Pablo.. in our hearts
By Silence24 (1), Hampton Bays on Apr 12, 09 8:21 PM
RIP Pablo =/

we weren't as close as we were last year but i'll never forget you. we had memories that will always stay in my heart. you didn't deserve it. you were too young. but everything happens for a reason and your in a better place now watching over all of us. i'll see you again someday.
By blg 92 (1), Southampton on Apr 13, 09 2:55 PM
r.i.p pablo i will never forget that advice that you told me before you left us all.and it will be kept in my heart for ever.but i hope to see you again someday
By itssxiileenxbtch (3), montauk on Apr 13, 09 3:53 PM
it sounds to me like speeding was a factor in this death. Police: from now on, please enforce the rules on cr 39... you have been too lax
By kuali (32), southampton on Apr 13, 09 7:36 PM
Pablo Saldivar, was (and will always be) a teamate of my sons on Bridgehampton's Killa Bees basketball team. There was a few occasions when I gave him a ride home from practice, and I barely got to know him (something I now deeply regret) as I 've given rides to many of their friends (as many parents do). I recall seeing him as I drove home on Bridgehampton Tpke and with him always was his beautiful girlfriend. (Pablo was apparently a lover !)

Over the last few days since Pablo's passing ...more
By Daddy-o (6), southampton on Apr 14, 09 2:19 PM
First of all, I would like to tell "kuali" that I highly doubt the factor of this death was speeding. I am best friends with the driver and was with pablo. The driver is one of the most pulled together, responsible, trust-worthy people I know. He drove responsibly, especially on a rainy day,as it was the day the accident occurred and would never speed in Southampton . The camero belonged to another friend of mine before the driver owned it. The tires were already in bad condition - the driver ...more
By labellabocaverde (1), Bridgehampton on Apr 14, 09 8:34 PM
Yoo This is Crazy pablo man imma miss yu so much i remember the times we spent together at the group home i just found out today about what happen from a friend man i love you and may god bless you, i still remember the great times we had together hanging out.. man imma miss yu n keep u in my prayers

R.I.P pablo
ya boy D
By xdxmon3yx (1), Brentwood on Apr 14, 09 9:50 PM
ughhhh...pablo no....im gunna miss u so much..i keep on remembering wen we were in massachusets nd we were talking and u said "kimi, ur like a sister to me"..pablo i love you so much like a brother..u protected me nd im REALLY going to miss you. i dont want to say goodbye..its...its too soon for you to leave. im...still in shock..so is erick..i wish this never happened..i wish u never went in that car. we had such greaaat times...like wen ever u came over nd we swam in the pool, haha i always swam ...more
By kimigirl993 (1), riverhead on Apr 14, 09 10:34 PM
.. what a shame that Pablo has left us!.. I worked with him at Sag Harbor Elem. He was the cool type of kid that people would not soon forget. I cannot help but think of his two great brothers he left behind.
God's very best to his two surviving brothers and Pablo's dad. I know that Pablo leaves a big void. but thank God for the great memories that he left us with..
Fausto Hinojosa (all the way from Calif.)
By Fausto (3), Newport Beach on Apr 15, 09 2:35 PM
I knew Pablo through a friend of mine. I became Pablo's friend about October, we were really close ever since. Pablo used to always have me laughing on the S92 trips from Riverhead to the Hamptons. He was a great person to be around. always knew how to cheer me up when i was down. especially if i was coming home from a bad day at school or just stressed from all of the school work Pablo knew how to make me smile. I miss him sooo much its soo hard to put into words. Pablo was what I called one of ...more
By tpettaway (11), Southampton on Apr 15, 09 4:28 PM
i feel so bad for you pablo =\
we werent friends but we werent enemies either
i wish this never had happened to you =\
i feel bad for your gf your family...
everyone that was ever close to you...
you dont deserve this...
i will see you later (hoping)
By jessicaxbabii (1), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 09 5:50 PM
Alot of comments on here say everything happens for a reason, though sometimes that reason is not easy to see - when you are 16 you seem invincible and have your whole life ahead of you - and then a simple thing like worn tires changes everything! ( if that was the cause) My point is - Cherish each day and your friends - show them how much they mean to you - tomorrow is not a guarantee. RIP young man.
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Apr 16, 09 7:20 AM
pablo..u have no idea how muchh i miss you..i have so manyy thingss that i need your help in.i remeber how u would always help me pick the right choices and ttold me to prove to otthers that i was better then than everyone else.and how u were always there for me..
everytime i hear the song "yo te extranare" by tercer cielo it reminds me soo much of you and i just start to cry and i just really miss you alot.
rest in peace slurpyyy<33
iloveyou* =]
cant waitt till we see each other ...more
By itssxiileenxbtch (3), montauk on May 9, 09 6:32 PM
Look "Kuali" whatever the hell kind of a name that is, pablo was truely a great kid, noone wants too hear your opinion of what factor of the accident you think it was. and by the way, before you start talking about people, i suggest you learn what, and who the hell you're talking about. Please, for you're own sake get your facts straight, or dont bother too comment on this story,oh and, minding your own business is always a nice solution.
By brandon (1), hampton bays on Jun 9, 09 8:34 PM
pablooo yu havee no ideaa how muchh i miss yu ...
r.i.p .. loveee yu <3
By itssxiileenxbtch (3), montauk on Dec 4, 09 8:39 AM