Cops: Man confused brakes with gas before crashing

09/21/2010 12:00 AM |

One man was hospitalized Monday evening after a dramatic accident in Mattituck.
Warren Wheeler, 83, of Laurel was turning left onto Route 25 from New Suffolk Ave. in a 2006 Toyota at about 6:45 p.m. when his car sped through the woods and across the highway, striking a 1998 Dodge pickup truck driven by Andrew LePre, 20, of Cutchogue. Mr. Wheeler then continued through the entrance of the Old Bethany Cemetery, demolishing an entrance pillar, before coming to rest on top of a headstone, according to Southold Town Police reports.
Police said Mr. Wheeler told them he may have confused the brake and gas pedals in his car. He was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Mattituck Fire Department Rescue personnel and treated for minor injuries.
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