Riverhead saw its share of tragedy in 2012, as accidents and crimes were reported. Here's a look at 10 of the top most-read crime and accident stories of the year.
: A massive crash on the Long Island Expressway killed one woman only days before Christmas.
: A head-on crash on Route 58 in Riverhead left the wrong-way driver dead and his victims injured and badly shaken.
Cops Bust Riverhead 'House of Prostitution': Residents on a quiet Riverhead street were shocked after a brothel bust.
Medical Examiner to ID Driver Killed in Edwards Ave. Crash: The driver of a tractor trailer lost his life in the fiery crash.
Police Identify Body Found On Monday; Determine Homicide: The murder of Mirian Yohanna Garcia Mancilla, who was raped and strangled with her attacker's belt and left behind the Riverhead DMV, shocked the community.
Police Break Up Huge Brawl In Riverhead: Over 750 kids were engaged in "disorderly conduct," police said.
County Corrections Officer Charged in Fatal DWI Crash: A Riverhead resident and Suffolk County Corrections officer was charged with DWI after police alleged he struck and killed a pedestrian in a Riverside accident.
Cops: 3 Women Arrested In New Brothel Bust: Only days after a high profile bust of an alleged house of prostitution in Riverhead, police arrested three Flanders women on charges of prostitution.
Cops Say Manorville Man Drove Drunk And Fled Following Crash: A Manorville man was arrested on charges of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident after police said he was driving a car involved in a Sound Avenue accident, and proceeded to flee on foot after the crash.
DA: Major Riverhead Drug Ring Busted: Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced the dismantling of a major drug ring that allegedly delivered up to three kilos of powder cocaine a week from the Bronx to eastern Suffolk County