UPDATE: Southold Woman, 80, Hospitalized After Car Crash

80-year-old driver fails to yield to pickup truck while attempting a left-hand turn onto Route 25 out of the Empire gas station in Southold.

Betty Hermann, 80, of Southold was hospitalized after being pulled from a 2007 Toyota following a car accident at the Empire gas station in Southold just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, police said.

Hermann was attempting a left turn onto Route 25 to exit the gas station when she failed to yield the right of way to Keith Zurek, 39, of Greenport who was driving a 2001 Dodge pickup truck, police said. Zurek, who was traveling with his wife, Laura, struck the driver's side door of Hermann's vehicle, police said.

Hermann was transported to in Riverhead by members of the for treatment to facial injuries. Keith and Laura Zurek refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

Benja Schwartz November 16, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Southold Town does not understand traffic engineering. The volume and speed of traffic thru that area is unsafe. Don't expect NYS to help. We have a slow food organization, why not a slow transportation organization?
forward thinking November 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM
speed limit through that area is 30 the same as with the 25 mph just west of that area - the sam holds true for matt'tuck-- i have had cars pass me in both towns while obeying the speed limit. i was not in neither drivers shoes so i cant pass judgement. but pulling out of the station is no didderent than pulling out of the ajacent road. another wild comment "traffic engineering" which of course has nothimg to do with the situation...
Erin Schultz November 16, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Tilli Szymczak said on Facebook: "Keith and Laura, Hope you both are ok and you can get another truck. You are more important."
Erin Schultz November 16, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Jean Osmer said on Facebook: "This is such a BAD spot!!! I have seen many an accident here- and many close calls. Hope everyone is alright ... needs a light or a change somehow, someway. Kudos to Southold's FINEST- Police and Fire Depts."
joey whoever November 16, 2011 at 09:18 PM
thats a great solution lets add another traffic light... why does everyone think that adding a traffic light is the solution to every traffic accident?? it hasnt really helped at 48 & youngs, hortons, peconic lane, cox lane, westphalia and who ever thought of the monstrosity of traffic light at cox neck makes no sense. you still have accidents at those locations and some of them are worse than when there wasnt a traffic light there. No matter how hard you think a traffic signal is going to stop "A FAILURE TO YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY" motor vehicle accident is completely nuts and must believe that pigs can fly. No i dont know either parties involved but Yes it is sad that another elderly person was involved in another accident almost similar to the one back in June but didnt end in the same result.


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