Elderly driver dies after collision with dump truck in Suffolk County


RIVERHEAD, LONG ISLAND, NY – An elderly driver died after his SUV was involved in a collision with a dump truck in Suffolk County last week, the Riverhead Local reports.

The accident happened at the intersection of Reeves Avenue and Horton Avenue in Riverhead on Wednesday at about 3 p.m. Police said 85-year-old Patrick Welby was driving a Buick SUV west on Reeves Avenue when he failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection.  The Buick was then struck on the driver’s side by a Freightliner dump truck.

Welby, from Calverton, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 86-year-old Nora Raughan of Calverton, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the truck, 26-year-old Christopher Watts of Wading River, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The accident remains under investigation, and police do not suspect any criminality was involved. Both vehicles were impounded pending safety checks.

Portions of Reeves Avenue and Horton Avenue were shut down for the crash investigation.

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