Girl, 6, killed, boy, 10, critically injured in Suffolk car accidents

One child was killed and another critically injured when they were struck by cars while crossing the street in separate Suffolk County incidents over the weekend, officials said.

About 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Tess Burstein, 6, was hit by a Toyota Prius traveling north on Blank Lane in Water Mill as she walked across the road, Southampton Town police said.

Tess was taken to Southampton Hospital before she was transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital where she died, a hospital spokesman and police said Sunday.


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The driver of the Toyota, Maurice Wittenberg, 76, of Water Mill, along with his female passenger, were not injured.

Further information on the Water Mill accident was not immediately available.

Less than 15 hours earlier, John Johnson, 10, of Lindenhurst, was struck by a car Saturday evening as he crossed Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst at South 13th Street with his mother, Suffolk County police said.

Police said John was hit about 8:30 p.m. by a westbound 2008 Toyota Scion on Montauk Highway.

John, who suffered a head injury, was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital, according to police.

The Scion driver, Cory Pettit, 21, of Lindenhurst, and his female passenger were not injured.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks, police said.

There was no crime suspected in the Lindenhurst case, but the investigation is ongoing.

Witnesses to the Water Mill accident are asked to call Southampton Town Police at 631-702-2230. Those with information about the Lindenhurst incident should call Suffolk County police at 631-854-8152.

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