Driver dies after crashing into Riverhead school bus head-on: police

RIVERHEAD, NY – A driver who crashed head-on into a Riverhead school bus on Thursday afternoon has died, police said.

According to Riverhead Town Police, at 4:55 p.m. a report was reported of an “erratic driver” in a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee who failed to maintain his lane as he headed west on the Sound Ave.

The vehicle crossed the double yellow line into eastbound traffic and collided with a Riverhead school bus — which was heading east on Sound Avenue — head-on, police said.

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City of Riverhead police determined that the owner of the jeep, John A. Caputo, 31, of Valley Stream, was not breathing; CPR was performed, police said.

Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps was approached and assisted, police said.

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Caputo was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by the Riverhead Town Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The school bus was occupied by the driver and a passenger; The driver, Ana Memberno Argueta, 30, of Mastic, New York, was later transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The student passenger was not injured, police said.

Both vehicles were seized for security checks; the New York State Police Crash Reconstruction Team has been asked to assist, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the Town of Riverhead Police at 631-727-4500 ext. 328. All calls will remain confidential.

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