Suffolk County Medical Examiner
06-14-2019 | 9:45 AM | PATCHOGUE,NY — Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating a fatal fire that killed a resident at a Patchogue home this morning.
Fifth Precinct officers responded to 72 Ohls St., at approximately 9:45 a.m. after a 911 caller reported a fire at the location. Elisa Doughty, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Kristle Doughty, 34, Elisa’s daughter, also a resident of the home, was transported by North Patchogue Fire Department Ambulance to Stony Brook Hospital with burns to her arm.
Fire officials say the victim was found in the basement apartment of the home. Officials are investigating whether the basement apartment was an illegal addition.
North Patchogue Fire Department Chief Thomas Wassmer said “The stairwell becomes like a chimney and all the heat shoots up there. When she turned around, that’s when I’m figuring she got the burns, when the fire started picking up a little bit and forced her back up the stairs.”
Chief Wassmer said the elderly victim was found in the kitchen/living room area of the apartment.
North Patchogue, Hagerman, Blue Point, Patchogue and Medford Fire Departments responded to extinguish the fire.
Following a preliminary investigation, detectives believe the fire to be non-criminal in nature.
05-04-2019 | 08:50 PM | MASTIC,NY — Suffolk County Police Major Case Unit detectives are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Mastic last night.
A man was crossing Herkimer Street, at the intersection of Carlton Street, when he was struck by a southbound 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe at approximately 8:50 p.m. The driver of the Tahoe, Joseph Virga, 55, of Mastic, stopped the vehicle and called 911. A second vehicle, also travelling southbound on Herkimer Street, then struck the victim and fled the scene.
The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
Detectives believe the second vehicle that struck the victim is a dark colored, four-door sedan that fled the scene southbound on Mastic Road.
Anyone with information on this crash is asked to call Major Case Unit detectives at 631-852-6555 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Ridge,NY: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at approximately 11:20 a.m.
Suffolk County Police today arrested a man after he initiated a crash driving a stolen vehicle that killed five people in Ridge.
Jamel Turner, 23, of Bellport, was driving a stolen 2018 Camaro eastbound on Route 25, west of Woodlot Road when he crashed into a 2012 Mazda, also traveling eastbound at approximately 11:20 a.m. The Camaro then struck an oil truck traveling westbound and the Mazda struck a 1999 Infiniti traveling eastbound.
Lonidell Skinner, 19, of Bellport, was a passenger in the Camaro and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. Turner was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
All four people in the Mazda were pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The driver of the oil truck was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Infiniti was not injured.
Major Case Unit detectives charged Turner with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd Degree and False Personation. Turner also was charged with an outstanding warrant. Additional charges are anticipated.
The names of the four people who died in the crash are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
The investigation is continuing.
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EAST PATCHOGUE, NY : Sunday, January 14, 2018 at approximately 8:20 p.m
A Baldwin, New York man has been identified as the man found dead in the car. Detectives believe his death to be noncriminal in nature.
Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating an incident in which a person was found dead in the driver’s seat of a car that burned in a fire on Montauk Highway on January 14, 2018.
Fifth Precinct Patrol officers responded to a 911 report of a car on fire in the parking lot of the business located at 1236 Montauk Highway, near Kane Avenue, at approximately 8:20 p.m. The Hagerman Fire Department extinguished the fire without incident before discovering a body burned beyond recognition inside the vehicle.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The victim’s identity will be determined following the autopsy. Arson Section detectives are continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.