Medical emergency believed to cause driver to fatally crash

One Dead, Another Critical In Two Sunday Crashes

Volunteers with the East Hampton Fire Department use a hydraulic tool to free a driver from her car following a fatal, two-car accident on Springs Fireplace Road on Sunday, September 9. Independent/Michael Heller


Two accidents within four hours of each other Sunday morning in East Hampton Town killed one local resident and severely injured another, the police said.

Juan Chitarroni, 74, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet south on Springs Fireplace Road near the recycling center in East Hampton at about 9:30 when his vehicle veered into the oncoming lane of traffic, striking a southbound 2010 Toyota. “It is believed that Chitarroni suffered some sort of medical emergency just prior to the accident,” town police said in a press release.

Chitarroni, who has an Amagansett post office box, according to East Hampton Town Justice Court records, was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver, Blanca Brito, was also taken to Southampton with what were described as “non-life-threatening injuries.”

Four hours earlier, Byron Mora Llauca, 24, of Springs, lost control of a Kawasaki motorcycle on Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Road, veering off the road and smashing into a tree. According to police, he was intoxicated at the time. Mora Llauca suffered what police described as “severe” injuries, and was flown by helicopter to the Stony Brook University’s trauma center. Police said he was in critical condition.

He faces misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, and possession of a controlled substance, cocaine.

In both cases, police ask that anyone with information about the incidents contact them at 631-537-7575. All calls will be kept confidential.