On The Beat

Montauk Drowning

The body of a man who was apparently fishing was pulled out of the Montauk surf on Wednesday, March 28. He appeared to be a drowning victim.

New York State Park Police said Aaron Bruno, 29, was pulled from the water at about 5:30 that afternoon. Despite efforts made by first responders, he could not be revived.

Eyewitnesses noticed a man fitting Bruno’s description on the beach, acting somewhat erratically. One blogger said, “He appeared to be drunk” at about 2:20 PM. He was carrying a fishing pole. At about 5:15 the man was seen on the North Bar heading towards Turtle Cove. The surf was choppy at the time, one witness reported.

Surfers who apparently spotted Bruno earlier in the day were the first to find his body, according to published reports. Bruno, who lived in Islip, was reportedly in town for a job interview.

Riverhead Fatality

A man died after being struck by a car on West Main Street Saturday night in Riverhead.

Police were called to the scene after witnesses reported an adult male lying on the shoulder of the road near Weeping Willow town park.

Riverhead Town Police officers said the victim was not breathing when they arrived. Riverhead ambulance volunteers transported the man to Peconic Bay Medical Center and then to South Side Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Neither the victim nor the driver, who was piloting a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, were identified. The driver remained on the scene and cooperated with police.