A six-year-old girl was killed on Father's Day when an elderly driver struck her while she was crossing a street in the Hamptons.
According to authorities, Tess Burstein, 6, ran across Blank Lane in Southampton's Water Mill at around 11 a.m. on Sunday while trying to meet a friend on the other side. She was struck by 76-year-old Maurice Wittenberg, who was driving northbound in a Toyota Prius. Tess was transported to Southampton Hospital, and then to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition, and died later that afternoon. No criminal charges have been filed.
"I swerved left, but I couldn’t really avoid her," Wittenberg told the Post, noting that he and his wife, Harriet, were on their way back from the grocery store. "My car hit her, and she went flying and ended up in the middle of the road. I feel it wasn’t my fault, but it’s still a terrible thing to know you’ve killed an innocent little child."
Witnesses say Tess's parents, Josef Burstein and Annabel Vered, were hosting a holiday barbecue when the young girl was struck. "I was in my back yard, and I heard the parents screaming, ‘No! No! Oh, my god! Oh, my God!’ ” next-door neighbor Susan Infantino, told the tabloid. “They were blood-curdling screams you know could only come from a parent. … I yelled over, ‘What happened What happened?’ And she said, ‘My daughter just got hit by a car!’" Burstein, an investment banker, and Vered, the editor-in-chief of Closer magazine, also have a residence in Manhattan; they have two other children, a 9-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl.