The scene of the crash at Reeves and Horton avenues that claimed the life of an 85-year-old Calverton man on Dec. 15. Photo: Peter Blasl

Riverhead Police have identified the man killed in Wednesday’s crash at the intersection of Reeves and Horton avenues as 85-year-old Patrick Welby of Calverton. His passenger, Nora Raughan, 86, also of Calverton sustained injuries police described as non-life-threatening.

Raughan was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital by a Suffolk County Police helicopter.

Welby, the driver of a 2017 Buick SUV, was killed when his car collided with a 1998 Freightliner dump truck operated by Christopher Watts, 26, of Wading River yesterday at about 3 p.m., police said in a press release this morning.

Police said their preliminary investigation indicates that the Buick was westbound on Reeves Avenue and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Horton Avenue. The dump truck, northbound on Horton Avenue, struck the driver’s side of the Buick. Welby was pronounced dead at the scene.

Watts was transported by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

The Riverhead Police Department Detective Division, the Suffolk County Police Motor Carrier Unit and Crime Scene Unit responded to investigate.  Both the Buick and the dump truck, owned by Danny’s Cesspool Inc., were impounded by police pending safety checks,

Police said criminality is not suspected at this time. Anyone with addition information is urged to call the Riverhead Town Police Department at 631-727-4500 ext. 312.   All calls will be kept confidential, police said.    

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