Monday, April 29 2013 16:24
Police have identified the people involved in the four-car crash on Middle Country Road in Calverton early Monday morning.
Melinda Covino-Costanza, 39, of Coram, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with "serious physical injuries" following the 7:45 a.m. accident in front of Fink's Farm Stand.
Police said Covino-Costanza was operating her 2005 Hyundai eastbound on Middle Country Road when she crossed into the westbound land and collided with a 1993 Mercury being operated by Daniel Sheppard, 62, of Mattituck. Covino-Costanza's vehicle then struck a 2000 Dodge operated by Sean Gordon, 38, of Jamesport, continued eastbound and struck a 2007 Chrysler operated by Richard Murdock, 57, of Calverton.
Sheppard, Gordon and Murdock all sustained injuries the police characterized as "minor" and were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by ambulance. Earlier today, Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans told RiverheadLOCAL two of the three men were critically injured.
Covino-Costanza was ejected from her vehicle and suffered a head injury, Evans said this morning. She was admitted to Stony Brook where she is listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. No information on the other accident victims was immediately available from Peconic Bay Medcial Center.
A Suffolk County Police helicopter was called to airlift Covino-Costanza to Stony Brook, but EMTs decided to transport her by ambulance instead because she couldn't be stabilized for the airlift, Evans said.
Police said Covina-Costanza was issued a summons for having tires with inadequate tread. Gordon was issued a summons for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, according to the police report. All vehicles were impounded for safety checks, police said.
Middle Country Road in Wading River was closed to traffic in both directions west of Wading River-Manor Road for most of the morning, according to police.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl
Click thumbnails to enlarge images