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Woman killed in motorcycle accident on Napeague stretch

Lifesaver you say a helmet offers little to no protection. That is the single most foolish statement I've read on this thread. I know from personal experience that a helmet (full faced) is essential to protecting ones self on a motorcycle. Granted it isn't going to guarantee safety or survival, but it does help." May 25, 10 7:30 PM

Frankie - Homicide requires intent. In this case intent was not present, unless you think he intended to kill her.

Homocide - the deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another


Deliberate - done consciously and intentionally;

fully considered; not impulsive

done or acting in a careful and unhurried way

Considering the above definitions, I repeat you are wrong. It does not extend to action that results in another's death, the term for that is Manslaughter which by definition is not homicide." May 25, 10 7:45 PM

Wait now the EMS personnel have to seek therapy for dreams they will have, because of his decision? Come on guy, if he is to be held responsible for his actions, then so are first responders for their choice of careers. You have to know as an EMS woker you will be exposed to carnage, if you can't deal, choose a different profession. " May 26, 10 1:20 PM

Doubt he was going anywhere near the speed he accelerated to for the chase." May 26, 10 1:22 PM

Tell you what you have a much better chance of surviving a blow to the head with a helmet on, than you do without one. No doubt about the broken neck not being helped by a helmet,but to say it doesn't offer any protection is just flat out wrong.
In a crash a helmet is going to slide as it hits the pavement, where a person's head if going to create more friction, more friction equals more pressure on the neck.
I imagine you have never worn a helmet since you think they don't provide any protection, but 70-80% of people at any ski resort would disagree with you." May 26, 10 1:29 PM

There is a law against driving with a suspended license. Yet it is not worth risking lives to enforce. The cop was doing his job, but for him to think he could chase down a bike absent a crash is poor judgement.
I have heard stories of people who will pull up next to a cop on the LIE and flip him off just to frustrate him because there is no way for him to catch the bike, short of a heli." May 26, 10 1:36 PM

There are many people driving on our roads with no license or suspended/revoked licenses. Thing is, the pursuit was started simply based on speeding, it was stated that he had previous traffic violations, but there was no mention of any accidents.... There are people constantly speeding all over this Town/County/State to act like he was doing some thing aberrant is ridiculous. Not that it justifies it, but all you chastising his action better not be speeding yourselves. Pot calling the Kettle on here all over the place." May 26, 10 1:47 PM

Oh and if you don't speed make sure you STOP completely at stop signs count to three then proceed. This I know for a fact is not done by 98% of drivers. " May 26, 10 1:49 PM

I am sorry for your family as well, it is tragic. I'm not sticking up for him, but I am saying this could've been handled in a different manner as to the apprehension tactics. What do you want to bet that in a future similar situation, there will be different methods used to affect a traffic stop. I know everyone wants to demonize him now because of the results of his actions, I doubt he wanted to crash a kill your niece it was an accident, negligent yes, but still an accident. They were engaged according to the article, correct? If this is the case it would appear that while Mr. Byank is responsible for the loss of your niece and future grand niece he also has suffered the same loss as you. They as a married couple would have spent ideally the rest of their lives together.
You say going 10 miles over the limit is one thing, I wonder how fast he was initially going over the limit when the pursuit began? If it was 10 or so by your logic he shouldn't have even been pulled over?
As for my right to chastise people for how they drive it is covered by the first amendment and if people want to throw stones they should make sure they are not living in glass houses." May 26, 10 8:44 PM

An insider's peek at Sandcastle

Dawn Watson - By chance did this 31,000 sft. behemoth happen to have a kitchen? If so, could you possibly have used up your memory card on the chandelier in the foyer? Was the kitchen blue and ugly like the majority of the rooms? " May 26, 10 11:42 PM

Woman killed in motorcycle accident on Napeague stretch

He didn't catch up because as fast as a police cruiser is, it is no match for a Suzuki GXR." May 26, 10 11:51 PM

I believe the distinction was made between motorcyclists with passengers and those without. If the rider is alone, knock your socks off and try to catch him.

I think you mean "Ponce" or "John" from chips, unfortunately East Hampton doesn't have any officers on motorcycles. It would be beneficial to have a few in the summer for times when traffic gets jammed and a timely response is essential." May 26, 10 11:58 PM

Wilkinson concedes that dock sale is off the table

Does Old School Montaukette mean that you are part Montaukett Indian?
" May 27, 10 12:15 AM

In fairness a marina set up for seasonal recreational usage can not also accommodate commercial vessels at the same time. There is also a big difference in the layout of the recreational marinas compared to the Town Dock, for one you can't get your truck right up to the edge of the boat at the rec. marinas as you can at the Town Dock.
There is no maybe in the selling of the docks it is not allowed, more efficient management of them should be accomplished." May 27, 10 12:25 AM

Mattituck woman will receive six months for DWI fatality involving Hampton Bays teen

Unfortunately she will get 2 months off with good behavior, in Suffolk County people do 2/3 of the time they get. Why she was even given a plea should be the question! She kills a 15 kid and the DA doesn't choose to take it to trial? This is appalling she should be held responsible for her actions drunk driving with a fatality needs to equal more than 6 months, that only net 4 months!" May 27, 10 7:47 PM

East Hampton citizens cry out against dark sky extension

If you truly want to see dark skies go camping unstate.

The complaint about the lights at the Montauk Manor really cracks me up, it was there before the guys house.... long before! " May 27, 10 8:03 PM

Two students hospitalized after Route 114 crash

Just because an accident occurred doesn't mean that a ticket is written, in NYS our insurance is no fault, so tickets aren't written at every accident. In states like FL if an accident happens blame in assessed and a ticket is written.
People screw up, this guy seems to have done just that, but it doesn't mean he is guilty of something and needs to be charged. He could have been going 45 mph, with a truck on that size that would be more than fast enough to do that level of damage to a little Honda.
Just be glad the girls survived and weren't seriously injured." May 27, 10 8:16 PM

If the Big Man himself was on the scene why did he even "allow the accident to occur? Did he get there just after the crash? I think you see where I'm going with this..... see Christopher Hitchens." May 27, 10 8:19 PM

Woman killed in motorcycle accident on Napeague stretch

Terry - So you don't approve of speeding, but you seem to be a fan of gambling. Are you okay with all consensual crimes or just gambling? " May 27, 10 8:27 PM

Two students hospitalized after Route 114 crash

No I am not confusing the two, I used FL as an example because there when an accident occurs the police officer has to determine who is at fault and cite them for something to establish blame. This happens primarily because of the structure of auto insurance there.

Your suggesting that next time I get pulled over to tell the officer that he can't ticket me because I live in a "No Fault" state is ridiculous, reread what I wrote and I wish you better luck understanding it the next time. Just because an accident happens doesn't automatically mean that traffic tickets are issued.

I don't see how me saying he screwed up means he broke the law, getting in an accident doesn't automatically mean charges, even if there had been a fatality. You may not like this or agree, but that is the way it is. That's why it's called an accident.
" May 28, 10 1:11 AM

I am not condemning you at all, we all do have the right to believe in what ever God or form of Spirituality suits us. I intend to take nothing away from your rejoicing in their lives being spared, whether through a miracle of faith, engineering or even luck. Peace to you as well, I wish no ill upon you.
Enjoy your weekend, may it be safe. " May 28, 10 1:19 AM

Mattituck woman will receive six months for DWI fatality involving Hampton Bays teen

I must let you know that he wasn't in a clearly marked "bike path", because a "bike path" is separated from the road. He was in a "bike Lane" if it is marked as such, otherwise he was just riding on the shoulder of the road.

Even if he swerved in front of her as Q333 states, her being drunk easily could have affected her reflexes. Either way 6 months is no where near long enough for this crime.

True bicycles aren't technically allowed on sidewalks, but outside of business districts they are probably smarter and safer to use in many cases. " May 30, 10 2:28 AM

Woman killed in motorcycle accident on Napeague stretch

In light of the most recent comment posted below, what kind of loser are you to claim you are her aunt to give credence to your rant? People like are disgusting." May 30, 10 5:44 PM

If they do have them they aren't used for patrolling and police work. I have never seen one performing a traffic stop. Just because you say motorcycle cops at a race doesn't mean they were from the East Hampton PD. Suffolk County PD does have them, but I specified EAST HAMPTON:)" May 30, 10 5:49 PM

Terry - When I used bet it was as a figure of speech, not a proposition. I don't question your morals, do you? I asked a question which was a legal one as far as your position on consensual crimes as a whole. This presupposes nothing of your moral character nor did I seek to judge it by your answer. It was even meant as a playful question, no need to get so serious and defensive over it.

No, it is not okay for crotch rockets or rice rockets to ignore the police and speed away. Will my feeling this way change their behavior.... no.

Hope you're having a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. I always think about those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. That is a good point to make, being as how most people think of Memorial Day Weekend as a party, BBQ and kick off to summer instead of what it really is a celebration of our veterans." May 30, 10 6:02 PM

Mattituck woman will receive six months for DWI fatality involving Hampton Bays teen

Indeed and for clarification this is from the Town's 1999 Master Plan -

The bicycle route system envisions a simple hierarchy of dedicated bike paths and demarcated bike lanes. The dedicated bike paths would be paved and divided from any adjacent streets with curbs or other safety barriers. The bike lanes that would predominate would consist of striped shoulders. Both would have clearly marked signs, with maps posted at bicycle route intersections. The Town’s street specifications (§292-36) should be modified to accommodate bike paths and bike lanes as well." May 31, 10 6:39 PM

Coopers Beach named best in United States; Main Beach ranked fifth

Not safe for who to "ride" a helicopter the water? For the people who choose to rise in it and the pilot? Too bad for them, if they want to ride in the helicopter than they can assume the risk associated with it.... crashing. Why should they be allowed to fly over peoples homes and disrupt their lives by doing so or worse crash into someones home. I would rather you crash in the ocean, as the majority of long islanders do:)
Economic status has nothing to do with noise pollution." Jun 2, 10 5:29 PM

Police cite 21 on drug charges at Neptune Beach Club over holiday weekend

Hope they caught as many drunk drivers, considering the risk they pose is even greater than these people getting high in a club. " Jun 2, 10 5:32 PM

Mattituck woman will receive six months for DWI fatality involving Hampton Bays teen

Was this while driving drunk? If so what was his BAC%.
Two weeks ago a Northport man was sentenced to 30 days for shooting a squirrel. Now that is harsh, considering he could've tied one on and run over a 15 year old and only gotten another 5 months!" Jun 2, 10 5:38 PM

Vice President Biden visits Southampton over holiday weekend

pstevens- I' in agreement with you completely, right up to your reason why McCain lost, I think it was Palin. If he had picked someone other than that retard he probably would've won plan or not." Jun 2, 10 8:05 PM

Police cite 21 on drug charges at Neptune Beach Club over holiday weekend

Let me help you with your math, .oo5% is 5/1000th's of a percent. I think you meant to write .5% which would equal 22.5 people out of a crowd of 4500.

LOL @ the dune crapper!
" Jun 3, 10 7:12 PM

Mattituck woman will receive six months for DWI fatality involving Hampton Bays teen

I'm with you on the DA's lack of action in this case, but to say you can guarantee he won't be re-elected easily is absurd. Have you voted recently? He runs unopposed, so if you intend for him to have a tough time getting back in, I suggest you find someone to run against him! " Jun 3, 10 7:16 PM

Removed? Really? Come on now with the unjust censorship!" Jun 3, 10 7:17 PM

I understand your point, but in this case the DA allowed for a plea of manslaughter and not vehicular homicide.
Please don't try and twist this to say I'm sticking up for this sad woman. All I'm saying is by definition manslaughter is not murder, therefore you a factually wrong. She should have been tried for vehicular homicide, then the sentence would have been much more severe." Jun 3, 10 7:21 PM

Mother of drunk driving victim protests sentence

Your Google map has the wrong location for this article.

I hope a lot of people go to support this family. The 6 month sentence is slap in the face to them, the DA & Judge should be ashamed of themselves! " Jun 13, 10 7:56 AM

Brooklyn man drowns, friend still missing at Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton

I will complain about the cost primarily because if one doesn't no one's limitations when it comes to the sea, than a sign won't make the difference. People are going to drown, please try not to get all choked up over it! If people enter the surf zone without respect for it, this kind of thing happens." Jun 13, 10 8:01 AM

I think two men died, unless one is chilling in Atlantis. " Jun 13, 10 8:04 AM

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