Woman Airlifted After E. Northport Car Accident

Lucy DiPietro was leaving Best Buy shopping center when she was struck by another car, say police.

Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives are investigating a two-car crash that critically injured a Smithtown woman in East Northport Friday night.

Lucy DiPietro, driving a 2004 Buick, was leaving the Best Buy shopping center located at 3124 Jericho Turnpike when her vehicle was struck by an eastbound 2011 Mazda in the left lane at 6:07 p.m.

DiPietro, 71, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Mazda, Jessica Rinn, 23, and DiPietro’s husband, Matthew, 76, were both transported to Huntington Hospital. Matthew DiPietro was listed in critical condition and Rinn was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were impounded and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information on this crash to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.

Danielle mickalauskas February 19, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I was one of the first people to witness what happened this evening. I was one of the techs that was on scene with Jen rescuing baby. Spoke to pretty much every cop and EMT that was there. What seemed to happen is the dipetro's did not have their headlights on and making a right hand turn and instead of Turning into the right hand lane they wind up jumping into the left hand lane. This was just a tragic accident . I feel deeply sorry for friends and family of these what seems to be beautiful people.
Vincent Gomez February 19, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Jessica is a responsible driver, and an all around amazing person. She is a long time friend of mine. This is a devastating tragedy for all involved. It is easy to pass judgement and paint people as villains when you don't know them and don't bother to wait and hear both sides of the story. Her phone history shows that she was not texting or talking on the phone. She was on her way home from the grocery store. Her car was manual, she shifted it into neutral, uncertain if the Buick was going to try to make the turn. When the car made the turn, she went on her brakes. She had the right of way, and did what any other person would have done in that situation. She definitely doesn't bare all the blame in this. She is absolutely devastated and worried sick for Mrs. DiPietro's wellbeing mind you, and it doesn't help anything by senselessly attacking her. Rather than pointing fingers and instigating internet fights, we should be focusing our energy on prayers and good wishes for everyone's recovered health. If you have nothing but hate-filled, anger-charged comments to make, then please refrain from doing so.
Bob March 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Couldn't this 76 yr old driver be guilty also of all the things you just described? His failure to yield is what initially caused this accident. You're incapable of being objective due to your relationship with this couple. GOOD people can also be BAD drivers.
Jennifer DiPietro October 25, 2013 at 12:28 AM
All I know these are my grandparents... With coming to the year mark of my grandmothers death I can't express enough how much my grandma was a beautiful person! No one knows the complete circumstances that took place that day whether the driver was speeding, or looking on fb or whether my grandmother really did pull out in front of the car. However I do know the consequences I lost the most beautiful person I knew and my hero!


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