Crash claims the life of 96-year-old Mattituck woman

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06/25/2011 10:05 AM |

BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Judy Utter of Mattituck, 96, died in a crash Friday.

A 96-year-old Mattituck woman was killed when her car collided with a dump truck at Sound and Wickham avenues in Mattituck Friday.

Judy Utter, known for many years as the North Fork Community Theater’s “ticket lady,” was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, according to Southold Police.

The crash occurred  just before 12:30 p.m. and involved a loaded dump truck and a white station wagon. The car’s front end was damaged.

The truck, owned by Corazzini Asphalt of Cutchogue, landed on its side and splashed what appeared to be hot asphalt across Sound Avenue’s westbound lanes.

Sound Avenue was closed just east of the intersection for several hours while firefighters diverted traffic to the Main Road.



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  • Those d*mn dump trucks (especially from Corazzini) drive like crazy on sound avenue.

    When are the Southold and Riverhead police departments going to get serious about traffic enforcement on Sound Avenue!!!??? Do more poeple need to die?

  • hey watcher11901 maybe it wasnt the dump trucks fault, most of these accidents are people over the age of 70 and maybe shouldnt be driving and before u start jumping to conclusions on what happened wait for the investigation report to come out and says whos at fault and maybe u just might have to stick ur foot in your mouth. PS the last couple of accidents ive seen it was the old person who caused the accident and took the life of someone

  • oh suffolktimes by the way Sound Avenue starts west of Cox Neck Rd going west, the accident happened on County Route 48

  • How sad. Judy was a much loved, long-time member of the community and an invaluable person at the North Fork Community Theatre.

  • Trucks drive way too fast on Sound Ave! It is so dangerous. They change lanes without even looking. Rest in peace Ms. Utter:(

  • funny how the june 4 accident that closed route 48 between elijah’s and alvah’s lane has still never been mentioned! any comments on that one?

  • I do not know which driver, if either, was at fault, but I will say that I find that the Corazzini trucks DO drive way too fast on Sound Ave. They are quite scary! I have been passed by them like I’m standing still, when I am doing my usual 60-ish. Of course they are not the only trucks going too fast, but I have notice the Corazzini trucks speeding many times. Sorry, but it’s true.
    I am guessing that the between the truck’s likely high speed and the victim’s likely slower response time, a miscalculation was made. Both drivers may be (have been) at the extremes of what would be considered a safe driver.
    Also, why the hell don’t people slow down when they approach the traffic lights? One is meant to go through an interstection at a safe speed, say 45ish or so, even if the light is green. It just amazes me that people don’t have the sense to slow down when they are approaching a potentially hazardous situation.
    Just drive at a safe speed, and be reasonably cautious. It’s not difficult.

  • You mean like the accident on Sound Avenue a couple of weeks ago when another speeding dump truck flipped over onto the Maryhaven van killing someone?

    There is NO WAY a dump truck going the 45 mile per hour speed limit could have flipped and skidded. There is also NO WAY for a station wagon to cause a filled dump truck to flip over. A station wagon could crash into a dump truck at 100 miles per hour, and the dump truck wouldn’t flip over, because of it’s mass.

    I have personally witnessed Corazzini’s trucks speeding and driving recklessly on a near daily basis. Their trucks are a menace and I hope they are sued into oblivion.

  • And here you have it, multiple safety violations and a 73 year old truck driver hauling ass in a 20,000 pound rolling killer. Let’s hope a data recorder picked up his speed just before the crash.


    Truck driver Richard W. Corazzini Sr., 73, of Cutchogue, was treated for minor injuries and released.

    The Suffolk County Police Motor Carrier Safety Unit responded and Corazzini was issued summonses for ******equipment violations*****, police said. Utter’s Car was impounded for a safety inspection.

  • Actually it’s sad.. poor woman, 96 years old.. On another note, when people drive a respectable speed of 55-60, then… o dear lord the abuse starts from other drivers who are so impatient to get where they’re going! 99.9% of the time because they didn’t leave enough time to get to their destination at a normal pace… The tailgating, the light flashing, the honking, the bird after they pass you on a double yellow.. Impatience and lack of observation kill.

  • the way a dump truck flips over @ 45 is when it swerves to avoid someone that has pulled out in front of them. watcher no offense but you are jumping to conclusions without basic knowledge

  • What a major coincidence; back in 2004 soon after I moved here, Corrazini guy, slim, was doing driveway across the street and went walking around the west side of my house looking around the back yard near the fence. Trouble is, the driveway is on the east side. I copped an attitude about him for snooping around my house. Quite a few times over the last couple of years I saw the dump truck in Riverhead around the route 24 circle when I was there. The last couple of years I have been transmitting a favorite joke via amateur radio through the international space station. It goes like this; It’s Utter chaos on the dairy farm! I must be a prophet. What a coincidence!

  • Oh, I forgot to mention, I drive an old white car too.

  • Another close call came to mind; three or four years ago, while travelling westbound beyond cox lane, I passed a Norsic truck in the right lane. As I was abreast of him in the left lane, he drifted into my lane and I nearly drove into the center median ditch. I slammed on the brakes and the Horn, he quickly sped forward and I followed behind trying to get the plate and he made a hard right turn off the highway northbound onto a road. I continued home and gave Norsic an earful on the phone about it. There should be guard rails in the center median. It was a rainy day and my lights were on.

  • No, actually Sound Ave. begins at the corner of Love Lane and the Main Rd ( Rt 25) and Sound Ave. starts between them @ Mattituck village.

  • I hate to say it — but driving at 96 years old???? How capable are you at that age?

  • actually thats called Old Sound Ave

  • Man, that was just plain rude… Some people aren’t capable driving at 21… 35… 48… and the list goes on.

  • Old, new whatever it’s still where Sound Ave. begins and I remember when it was a two way street.