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Woman, 86, Has 'Non-Life-Threatening' Injuries After Saturday Crash

The investigation into the Riverhead accident in ongoing, police said.

Riverhead police said on Sunday that a Jamesport woman who lost her husband in a tragic crash on Saturday was taken to the hospital with "non-life-threatening" injuries.

Police said Caroline Ziemacki, 86, was recovering at Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was taken for treatment.

On Saturday, Ziemacki's husband John, 90, died after a two-car accident that occurred at the intersection of Route 25 and Doctors Path on Saturday at 11:41 a.m.

A westbound 1995 Dodge Ram driven by Matthew Romanelli, 23, of Greenport, hit the passenger side of a 1998 Ford sedan operate by Mrs. Ziemacki, police said.

Mrs. Ziemacki had been eastbound on Route 25 and was attempting a left turn to head north on Doctors Path when the accident occurred, authorities said.

Her husband was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Romanelli was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Police were assisted at the scene by the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Riverhead Fire Department, the Suffolk County Police Aviation Unit, and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's office.

No charges have been filed at the present time; the investigation is ongoing, police said. Fatal accidents often take days to investigate, authorities said.

Both vehicles were impounded for a safety inspection. Anyone with information about the accident has been asked to call the Riverhead Police Department's detective division.

Emily Moon November 12, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I hope Mrs Ziemacki has help and support from family and friends; or that Matthew Romanelli will assist this poor soul that has just lost her longtime love; during hurricane Sandy. This is tragic. A 95 Dodge Ram is an enormous truck to be hit by.

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