Woodbury Road Crash Sparks Push For More Safety

COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 31

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Another crash on Woodbury Road in Cold Spring Harbor has residents pushing for a traffic study.

Suffolk County police officers investigate a Monday-morning crash on Woodbury Road involving a white Jeep, center, and a green Suburban, back right.
Suffolk County police officers investigate a Monday-morning crash on Woodbury Road involving a white Jeep, center, and a green Suburban, back right.

On Monday, shortly after 10 a.m., police said a crash injured three people when a green Suburban SUV, traveling north on Woodbury Road toward Hawxhurst Road, collided with a white Jeep Grand Cherokee containing only its female driver, heading south toward Donovan Drive.

Police said the driver of the Suburban – which had two males inside – lost control when negotiating a turn, causing the crash that closed Woodbury Road in both directions to traffic for more than an hour.

All three victims, police said, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Huntington Hospital.

Second Squad detectives continue to investigate the wreck, but, as of Tuesday, they said they believe slippery road conditions were a contributing factor.

The Monday-morning accident is just one of several that have triggered Woodbury Road resident Marilyn McDermott to begin a petition aimed at slowing down traffic.

“Drivers reach speeds over 60 mph, cross the double-yellow-line to pass motorists and drive recklessly,” McDermott writes in the petition. “I believe that stop signs at different intersections of the road will slow traffic, but am requesting a road study so that this can be properly determined.”

George Pavlicin, another Woodbury Road resident, agrees with the sentiment of McDermott’s petition, which has been supported by over 400 people on http://www.change.org.

“[The crashes] average about two times a month that get reported to the police,” said Pavlicin, who has written to the town and filed safety reports regarding the 3-mile stretch of Woodbury Road that was the scene of a fatal crash in May. “The others are the hit-and-runs that just move on.”

Similarly to Monday’s crash, on May 20, a man driving a Dodge Charge lost control and crashed into several trees lining Woodbury Road. The car was engulfed in flames and the driver was able to escape the vehicle, but he was later pronounced dead at Huntington Hospital. Pavlicin claimed that the man lived just five houses away from the scene of the crash that killed him.

With these accidents, and more, as Pavlicin said, the town agrees that a study should be considered, but according to town spokesman A.J. Carter, it’s a budgeting issue.

“The plan is to budget for the study next year and do it then, unless funding can be found from this year’s budget to do it sooner,” Carter said on Wednesday.

Several cars were turned around Monday morning as a crash closed Woodbury Road in both directions for more than an hour shortly after 10 a.m.
Several cars were turned around Monday morning as a crash closed Woodbury Road in both directions for more than an hour shortly after 10 a.m.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, July 31, 2014;  A3)

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