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Dick Cavett’s wife hurt in Montauk crash, cops say

Martha Rogers with husband Dick Cavett in August

Martha Rogers with husband Dick Cavett in August 2012. Rogers was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Montauk on Oct. 19 when the car they were riding in was struck by a pickup truck. Photo Credit: / Rob Rich

The wife of Emmy Award-winning talk show host Dick Cavett was injured last week in a crash in Montauk when the car they were riding in was struck by a pickup truck, East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael D. Sarlo said Tuesday.

Sarlo said Martha Rogers, who in 2010 married the former host of “The Dick Cavett Show,” which first aired in the 1960s, sustained cuts and scrapes “to her face and head” in the Oct. 19 accident, but no one else was injured.

Rogers, 64, was taken to Southampton Hospital and was treated and released, according to Marsha Kenny, the hospital’s public affairs and marketing director.

Kenny said Cavett, 79, was also listed as being treated and released at the hospital, but “that may have just been because they looked at him because he had been in an accident,” she added.

The couple lives in Montauk.

Sarlo said the crash happened at about 4:36 p.m. on Route 27 near Beech Street when a 2000 Ford pickup driven by Sean Connor Turner, 19, of Manhattan, pulled onto the eastbound shoulder of the roadway and attempted to make a U-turn. The truck then collided with an eastbound 2012 Toyota Highlander in which Cavett and his wife were passengers.

The collision caused the Toyota, driven by Yi Wang, 53, of Great Neck, to leave the roadway and strike a tree on the south shoulder, Sarlo said, adding that no summonses had been issued.

No additional details of the accident were available.

Rogers is a business writer who has also been published in academic and trade journals, including The Harvard Business Review. She is also a founding partner of the Stamford, Connecticut-based Peppers & Rogers Group, a management consultancy specializing in customer-based business strategy.

Cavett’s talk show debuted in 1968 and was featured on multiple networks over 35 years and was known for its controversial topics and colorful guests from the worlds of entertainment, music and politics, among them Groucho Marx, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and John Lennon. The show is in reruns on the Decades TV Network.


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