Passenger Dies in Mattituck Crash Over July Fourth Weekend

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The fatal crash occurred at a red light on County Road 48 and the Westphalia Road intersection in Mattituck.

Update, July 6, 7:45 PM: Southold police have identified the 23-year-old woman killed in the crash in Mattituck on Sunday as Rebecca Connelly of Huntington.

She was in a 2017 Honda Civic, stopped at a red light on County Road 48 at the Westphalia Road intersection when it was struck from behind by a 2014 Ford sport utility vehicle. Richard Morabito, 40, of Orient was behind the wheel of the Ford SUV.

The Honda was driven by John Valente, 24, also of Huntington.

There was one passenger in Morabito’s vehicle.

No arrests were made or charges filed. The crash is still being investigated.

Originally, July 6, 9:45 AM: A woman died and four people were injured in a two-car crash in Mattituck on Sunday afternoon.

Southold Town police are investigating what caused the July 5 accident at the intersection of County Road 48 and Westphalia Road at 4:15 p.m. According to police, a 2014 Ford sport utility vehicle was traveling west on County Road 48, approaching the intersection, when the operator failed to stop for a red light. The Ford SUV rear-ended a 2017 Honda Civic that was stopped at the intersection, waiting for the light turn green to continue west.

A 23-year-old woman, a passenger in the Honda Civic, died from her injuries.

Her name was not immediately released, nor were the names of the drivers involved.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including the Mattituck Fire Department, the Cutchogue Fire Department, and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The agencies transported patients by ground to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

A medevac helicopter also transported one patient to the Stony Brook University Hospital, a level-one trauma center.

The Southold police and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office are continuing the investigation.

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