Fatal Hit & Run
As The Independent went to press Monday, Southampton Town Police were still looking for the culprit in the hit and run that claimed the life of a Pennsylvania man during the predawn hours last Thursday. At approximately 2:30 AM, police responded to reports of a subject lying in the roadway on County Road 39.
Patrol units responded and found a deceased male in the roadway. The Southampton Town Detective Division responded and initiated the investigation into the cause of the accident. The victim, Joseph Lynn McAlla, 63, from Clifford, Pennsylvania, was making a delivery to Southampton Masonry. McAlla apparently exited his vehicle, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle; the driver left the scene in said vehicle. Detectives are continuing their investigation into the accident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Southampton Town Police Detective Division at 631-702-2230.
CR 39 was closed in both directions for about six-and-a-half hours for the investigation.
Mass Casualty Drill
Expect road closures in Riverhead Saturday between 7 AM and 12:30 PM. Middle Road and Roanoke Avenue southbound to the traffic circle will be impacted by a mass casualty drill involving myriad agencies.
Called Operation Black Swan 2018, the full-scale mass casualty exercise will test the public safety response to a simulated mass casualty at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. There will be numerous “victim actors,” who will be triaged and transported to area hospitals as part of this exercise.