Hamptons Woman Drove High in Crash That Killed Her Dad, Cops Say

A Hampton Bays woman was arrested for allegedly driving while high on drugs, drifting into oncoming traffic and causing a crash that killed her 80-year-old father on Thursday, Southampton Town police said.

Claudette Sephens, 53, was driving a Nissan Quest minivan eastbound on Flanders Road when she drifted into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed head-on into a westbound Honda near Long Neck Boulevard in Flanders at 4:52 p.m., police said.

Stephens and her 16-year-old son were taken to Peconic Bay Medical center for treatment of their injuries. Her father, John Loetscher, of Hampton Bays, who was in the seated in the rear of the Nissan, was pronounced dead several hours later.

The other driver, a 33-year-old Riverhead woman, was taken to the same hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.

Stephens was charged her with driving while ability impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.

Southampton Town Detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnesses the crash to call them at 631-702-2230.