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UPDATE: 81-Year-Old Man Dies in Mt. Sinai Crash

Suffolk police still investigating the three-car accident.

UPDATE, 10:45 p.m. – An 81-year-old man died and an 86-year-old man is in critical condition Monday night after a three-car accident at approximately 2:35 p.m. on North Ocean Avenue at Canal Road in Mt. Sinai.

Suffolk police said Bennie Demaro, 86, was heading north on North Ocean Avenue and tried to make a left turn onto Canal Road when his vehicle was hit by a pickup truck traveling south. Demaro's car then struck a third car.

Demaro is listed in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital. His passenger, Salvatore Anselmo, 81, of Coram, was transported to John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he was pronounced dead. 

The driver of the pickup truck was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue; the driver of the third vehicle and her 16-year-old son were not injured.

Suffolk police impounded the vehicles and said the investigation is continuing.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Mt. Sinai Fire Department reported to Patch that it was called out on Monday afternoon to "a heavy rescue automobile accident" at the intersection of Route 83 (North Ocean Avenue) and Canal Road in Mt. Sinai.

According to a Elliot Perry, a fire department spokesman, there were "very serious injuries at the scene."

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Alicia Palifka April 16, 2013 at 03:28 AM
This is so sad...I am so sad for the families...
Donna April 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM
They really need to get these old geezers off the road. Ever drive by Seizure Village? These people are in semi-comas & pull right out in front of you like it's nobodys business.
Lew Chipp April 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Not very useful feedback Donna. How many red lights have you blasted through in the last day/week/year. What is your average speed along Rte 25A? While you are speeding and running red lights are you talking on the phone? Drinking your Triple Grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte? Smoking? Texting? The point is: EVERYONE on the road is expected to drive safely, defensively and according to the rules of the road. Do your part in NOT creating or compounding traffic accidents. Expect others to do theirs.
paul April 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM
And why do you assume that the "old geezers" were the ones who ran the light. Going through this intersection at least twice a day I've seen every possible combination of cars and trucks running this light. My hope in these situations is that the individual running the light sustains the injuries, rather than the innocent. (Although that seems to rarely be the case.)
Tom April 16, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Maybe they were being careful and making the turn slow. Maybe the driver of the PU was speeding and texting or drinking and ran the red light. Young girls are the worst. Between putting on their war paint, drinking coffee, texting, Bull Sh*%*& on the phone and speeding or tailgating,they are blind as to what can happen. They have no fear. Not saying a young girl was driving in this case. Just making a statement from my 40+ years of driving and racing.
ARCH STANTON April 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM
HEY DONNA, I'VE READ SOME LUDICROUS COMMENTS ON HERE IN THE PAST, BUT ALL YOU HAVE DONE IS EMBARRASS YOURSELF IN MAKING SUCH IDIOTIC COMMENTS. YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THE DETAILS OF THE ACCIDENT, WHICH WILL BE INVESTIGATED BY THE SCPD WHO WILL MAKE THE FINAL DETERMINATION IF POSSIBLE, NOT YOU. NEXT TIME THINK BEFORE YOU CRUCIFY A DRIVER BECAUSE HE IS A SENIOR CITIZEN. THE BOTTOM LINE IS, ONE MAN IS DECEADED AND ANOTHER IN CRITICAL CONDITION. TRY TO EXPRESS SOME COMPASSION OR DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.
Margarita12177 April 16, 2013 at 06:36 PM
No one knows as of yet, so I'm not blaming it's anybody's fault. However, In my opinion, I believe that Senior Citizens should have to retake the driving tests to see if they're still competent to drive & are not a risk on the road. We all know as we age our cognitive, sight, and our physical abilities slow down or are not up to par. And for those who fail to show they are still competent to drive should not be allowed to.

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