Update (Sunday, 11 p.m.): John Costello, the man charged with driving while intoxicated in an accident that left one dead was able to post $250 bail while still in the hospital, police said Sunday.
Update (Sunday, 5:15 a.m.): One of the victims injured in the head-on collision on Route 25 in Greenport last night died as a result of his injuries. The driver of the car that crossed the double-yellow line and hit the other car head-on has been charged with driving while intoxicated, Southold Town Police said.
John Costello, 71, of Greenport was eastbound in his 2008 Chevy pickup when he entered the oncoming lane of traffic and crashed into a 2006 Honda driven by Oseas Manell Ramirez, 22, of Peconic at about 6:54 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Bartolone Miguel, 34, a passenger in the Honda, succumbed to his injuries last night at Eastern Long Island Hospital, police said.. Ramirez was treated at ELIH and released.
Costello was found to be intoxicated and arrested, police said. He was transported to ELIH and then taken by ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital, according to a police press release.
Investigations by Southold police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office continue, police said.
Costello is the owner of Costello Marine Contracting in Greenport, police confirmed Sunday; he is also a former Greenport Village Trustee.
Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley said Costello is in police custody while at Stony Brook University Hospital being treated for “non-life-threatening” injuries.
While it was raining heavily at the time of the accident, Flatley said it has not yet been determined if the weather was a factor in the crash.
Original story: A head-on crash in Greenport has left at least one person with “very serious injuries,” according to police at the scene.
The accident, which took place at approximately 7 p.m. on Saturday night on Route 25 in Greenport, just west of the Lutheran church, occurred after one driver drifted over the double yellow line in the heavy rain and hit another car head-on, Southold Town police at the scene said.
Three injured individuals were transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital by Southold and Greenport rescue, who responded to the scene.
It was not immediately known if any of those hurt were critically injured.
Route 25 was closed in both directions as the accident was investigated.
Check back to SoutholdLOCAL for updates on this developing story.
Editor’s note: The original story has been amended to reflect the time of the accident provided by police in a press release issued at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.