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Police: Patchogue Man Arrested Following Fatal Sayville Accident

The 46-year-old faces charges for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident that left a West Islip man dead.

A Patchogue man is under arrest and facing charges of allegedly driving while ability impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of an accident following a fatal eight-car crash in Sayville Sunday evening.

According to Suffolk Police, Thomas Herman, 46, was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on Main Street through Sayville at about 5:10 p.m. when he hit five vehicles. Police said Herman did not stop and than struck a westbound Honda Accord and an eastbound Hyundai Elantra as he attempted to drive between them on West Main Street. 

The 82-year-old driver of the Elantra, Sam Longo of West Islip, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, according to police.

Ann Gilbert, 79, of Oakdale, a passenger in the Elantra, was transported by Community Ambulance to Southside Hospital  where she is being treated for neck and pelvic injuries, according to police, and is listed in critical but stable condition.

Sayville resident Robert Schutt, 49, who was driving the Honda Accord, was treated for minor injuries at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center and released, according to police.

Police said Herman was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center for non-life-threatening neck, facial and internal injuries. Police stated more charges may be filed as this investigation continues.

All vehicles were impounded for safety checks. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident or any of the events leading up to this incident to call the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.

kenneth Perrotta January 14, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Th Police need to determine where this driver was prior to his getting in his vehicle and driving for what seems like an incredible distance westbound on Main Street. I'd be curious as to whether he had just left a bar, and which one. Was he drunk, as well as impaired by drugs? Condolences to the man killed, and his family, as well as to the injured woman and her family.
Danielle January 15, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Since moving to Sayville in 2010, we have had two drunk driver accidents on our small, usually quiet side street. We pay very high taxes and should have more patrol cars around. This is very tragic!
Nora P. January 15, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Danielle, about 20 minutes before the accident I had driven to the library to return some items and took the exact route home that would be the accident scene. When I got home I remarked to my husband about the unusually many patrol cars I had passed on the way. There was one in the LIRR lot, one in the Dunkin Donuts lot, one in the Subway lot, etc. I can't imagine how having more patrol cars could have stopped this idiot. Also it is a miracle that he did not also hit a pedestrian. There are always people walking along that same area, and kids riding bikes and skateboards. Even though the damage and injury and loss of life was awful, thank God it wasn't much worse.
John Cosgrove January 15, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Cops at a dunkin donuts?? Funny.. I agree, lets say you had 3 more patrol cars..It would not have changed this tragic series of events
Don Richard May 20, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Anther unfortunate thing here is his wife Barbara Baronian Bush Herman had been paying for his "habit" and the two hide under the premise that they are "Born Again Christians", which as a pastor I am sure they received tax incentives. In any event this woman who still visits her husband weekly in prison is a known scam artist working as a supposed HSN and QVC rep, which unfortunately my company had the displeasure of using her as a representative, but all we got out of her was threats, and bilked to the tune of $26,000.00. I truly hope the Longo family has a civil judgment or something against her, she enjoys homes here in NY and Florida, as well as a 2014 Bently parked in her garage.

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