2 drivers killed when cars collide on Montauk Highway in Westhampton

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WESTHAMPTON, LONG ISLAND, NY – Police say two drivers were killed in a head-on collision on a Long Island highway Friday afternoon, Newsday reports.

The crash happened along a stretch of Montauk Highway in Westhampton at about 2:08 p.m. According to investigators, 89-year-old William Vogel of Cutchogue was driving a 2010 Honda Accord when his car veered from the westbound lane into the eastbound lane of the highway near Tanners Neck Lane. His vehicle crashed into a 2008 Honda CRV being driven by 63-year-old Christine Kebbe of Remsenburg.

Medics attempted life-saving measures on Kebbe and Vogel as they were being transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.  Police said both drivers died at the hospital.

Christine Kebbe’s husband Claude said the family’s 4-year-old dog were also injured in the collision.

Claude Kebbe told Newsday that the portion of Montauk Highway where the fatal accident occurred has been the scene of numerous crashes. He called it a “a very dangerous curve”, and was quoted as saying, “It’s a blind intersection, so if you’re going east or west, you can’t see them coming.”  He added that Friday afternoon’s rain made the conditions more hazardous.

Claude Kebbe, a retired firefighter with the FDNY, said his wife worked at her brother’s flower shop in Baldwin until the start of the pandemic.

Southampton Town police detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.

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