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Greenport girl, 10, killed in crash at Route 48 and Chapel Lane

09/03/2019 10:02 PM |

A young Greenport girl was killed Tuesday night in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Route 48 and Chapel Lane, Southold Town police said.

Amber Stulsky, 10, was a passenger in the rear seat of her mother’s 2003 Mercury Sable when it was struck while heading eastbound on Route 48 in Greenport shortly before 8:30 p.m., police said. Paul Greenfield, 71, of Port Jefferson was attempting to make a left-hand turn from Chapel Lane in a 2004 Infiniti when his vehicle struck the Sable being driven by Amber’s mother, 32-year-old Rachael Smith of Greenport, as it passed the intersection.

Amber was transported to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, where she succumbed to her injuries soon after the crash, police said. A Suffolk police medevac had been en route to Greenport High School, but was canceled as first responders opted to transport her via ambulance to the nearby hospital instead.

Route 48 was closed between Albertson and Moores lanes as first responders continued to work the scene. While the crash is still being investigated, no criminality is suspected, according to police.

The extent of any other injuries were not immediately clear. Mr. Greenfield was driving alone, police said.

Amber would have started fifth grade at Southold Elementary School Wednesday.

Southold Superintendent David Gamberg said the school’s faculty and staff met first thing Wednesday morning and are providing support to students and staff.

“As you can imagine a tragedy like this is never easy to cope with, but is even more pronounced on what is typically a day filled with joy, the first day of school,” he said in an email.

Mr. Gamberg sent a letter to elementary school families. He described Amber as a “lovely little girl.”

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Amber’s family and friends,” he wrote. “Our staff is heartbroken.”

He said in the letter that neighboring school districts have offered their support and anyone who needs to reach out and contact anyone at Southold, whether the elementary school or district office.

The Mattituck School District issued a statement expressing condolences to Amber’s family and the Southold school community.

“On behalf of the MC Board of Education and your friends and staff in our district, we extend our sincerest sympathy, trusting that remembrance by so many friends will bring Amber’s family and the Southold School District comfort,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.”

Correction: The age provided by police for Amber was incorrect. She was 10.

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