For the second time this week, a serious one-vehicle crash in East Hampton Town led the driver on a trip to the hospital and under arrest on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Each of the two accidents occurred about midnight, four days apart. Both men are from Springs.
Kevin Buestan, 20, remained in the critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital as of 4:30 PM Saturday, September 21, according to the hospital.
Buestan was headed south in a 2018 Ford Taurus on Springs Fireplace Road approaching School Street Friday, September 20, when he lost control of the car, police said. The Ford veered across the northbound lane, sideswiping the northwest corner of Montauk Market — careening off that building — then crashed head on through the northern cinderblock wall of the Springs Auto Repair Inc.
Springs Fire Department rescue workers were soon on the scene. It reportedly took about 40 minutes to extract Buestan from the wreckage. He was medevacked to Stony Brook University Hospital’s level one trauma center.
Police said that Buestan was drunk when he crashed, leading to the misdemeanor charge.
After being admitted to the hospital, Buestan was released by the arresting officer, with an appearance ticket, to be arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court October 3. Buestan remained in the hospital as of Monday. His condition is unknown.
Buestan was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash, police said.
This crash was on the heels of another violent accident allegedly involving a drunk driver earlier in the week in East Hampton.
On September 16, around midnight, Alexander George McCue, 29, lost control of the 1998 Buick he was driving on Daniels Hole Road near Georgica Woods Lane
“I honestly took the turn too hard.”McCue allegedly told police afterward. “It hit the grass and flipped.”
When members of the East Hampton Fire Department arrived, McCue was already out of the car, Fire Chief Gerard Turza Jr. said last week. His two passengers were still inside the vehicle, although one, a female, was partially out. Initially, Turza said, rescuers feared that the female was pinned under the car. That was not the case, and both were freed from the wreck. The pair were described by police as being semi-conscious, suffering from head injuries, and severe bleeding.
It appeared that none of the three were wearing seatbelts, police said. The trio were taken by East Hampton Village ambulances to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
McCue was the least injured, according to the accident report, and was soon released into police custody. While at the hospital, police said, he refused three requests to have his blood drawn to be tested for the presence of alcohol.
He was released after being arraigned the next day without having to post bail.