Three people seriously injured in pre-dawn Southold crash

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.

Southold Police responded to a call early Sunday morning about a pickup truck that crashed into a tree on Route 48 in Southold, which left the driver and two passengers seriously injured.

After an investigation, the driver, Nicholas Grathwohl, 21, of Peconic was placed under arrest for DWI and transported to SUNY Stony Brook Hospital.

Christopher Dolce, 26, of Cutchogue and Dylan Szczotka, 20, of Mattituck were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley confirmed Monday.

Mr. Flatley said the injuries all three of the men sustained were “pretty severe,” including broken bones and head trauma. The police chief explained the collision was determined to have been head-on with no braking or swerving, so “they took the full brunt of the impact,” he said.

New York State Police are conducting an accident reconstruction examination and detectives are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident, such as what the individuals were doing prior to the crash and if any surveillance footage is available.

“It’s just a unfortunate accident,” Mr. Flatley said. “And unfortunately, when you throw alcohol in with an accident like that, it makes it even more traumatic.”