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Groom on honeymoon identified as victim in fatal Greenport crash


A Brooklyn man spending his honeymoon on the North Fork was killed in a car crash Wednesday morning after his vehicle swerved into the path of a Suffolk County Transit bus, Southold Town police said.

Jeremiah Grunblatt, 42, was driving west in a blue crossover SUV with his wife, Keturah, 39, on Route 25 over the LIRR bridge in Greenport when his vehicle collided head-on into the bus traveling eastbound, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley said.

The crash occurred at around 11:50 a.m. and Mr. Grunblatt was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Ms. Grunblatt was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The bus driver, Luis Garnica, 50, of Hamptons Bays suffered a “severe leg injury in the crash,” officials said. Of the five bus passengers, one person was treated for “minor injuries,” police said.

Greenport and Southold first responders assisted in the rescue efforts, Mr. Flatley said, adding a Suffolk County police medevac couldn’t be called due to the weather.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


Mr. and Ms. Grunblatt met in 2011 and were married three days ago, according to their profile on the wedding registry site The Knot.

“The magic of the Internet brought us together, though we are often baffled at the fact that we didn’t somehow meet before we did,” the couple wrote. They both had also posted honeymoon photos to social media during their trip on the North Fork.

Ms. Grunblatt is an opera director and choreographer. Mr. Grunblatt was a craftsman and also built stage sets for opera performances.

The couple had recently collaborated on a show in Houston and were engaged for more than a year after Mr. Grunblatt proposed with a handmade wooden box.

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