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Police: Hampton Bays Man Arrested for Fleeing Accident and Leaving Injured Passenger

The Town of Southampton Police have arrested a Hampton Bays man for leaving the scene of an accident while his female passenger was gravely injured and trapped inside the car. Other charges include driving without a license, circumventing an interlock device, driving while drunk and moving unsafely from his lane.

Police say that on Wednesday, at about 10:45 p.m., on the Montauk Highway in East Quogue in the vicinity of the Asian Fusion Restaurant, Edward C. Triggs, 47, drove a 2012 Toyota Prius off the road and onto the north side of the street and into a telephone pole across the street from Shinnecock Avenue. Members of the Southampton Town Police Department, Quogue Village Police Department, East Quogue Fire Rescue, and the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corp responded to the report of the accident.

Upon arriving, police discovered a woman in the passenger seat trapped inside the vehicle. She was suffering from serious injuries as a result of the accident. The driver of the car had fled the scene of the accident on foot, leaving his passenger seriously injured in the vehicle, police said.

The driver was found after additional police arrived and canvassed the area. He was discovered nearby. Detectives on the scene conducted an investigation and found the Prius had been heading westbound on Montauk Highway, when for reasons that are still under investigation, the driver left its lane and headed off the roadway and collided with a telephone pole before hitting several trees and coming to a stop.

The passenger, described as a 50-year-old female, was taken by the East Quogue Fire and Rescue to a local area hospital, according to police. Edward C. Triggs was arrested.

The accident and subsequent investigation resulted in a significant closure of the Montauk Highway between Shinnecock Avenue in East Quogue and Jones Road, in Hampton Bays, from the time of the accident, until just before dawn.

Southampton Town Police ask that anyone with information on any criminal activity call the Southampton Town Police at 631-728-5000, the Southampton Town Detective Unit at 631-702-2230, or the Crime Hotline at 631-728- 3454. All calls will be kept confidential. You may also email crimetips@southamptontownny.gov. 

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