Neighbors call Route 66 dangerous after crash in Portland

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One East Hampton man was killed and his brother is fighting for his life after a crash on Route 66 in Portland on Sunday night.

Robert Sorvillo and his brother, Donald, were driving along at about 9:30 p.m. in the section of Route 66 known as the Ledges when they lost control. The vehicle struck an embankment, utility pole and a tree before coming to rest, police said.

Both brothers were ejected from the vehicle, police said. Donald Sorvillo died at the scene, police said. Robert Sorvillo was airlifted by Life Star medical helicopter to St. Francis Hospital, where his family said he is in critical, but stable condition.

Robert Sorvillo got out of surgery Monday night and family members said he is expected to survive.

"Every time you hear the sirens go that way, your heart drops," said Pat Rux, who heard the crash.

On Sept. 20, one person died after a crash in the same area of Route 66. Police said GMC truck veered off the road and hit a rock ledge.

Rux said making Route 66 safer is an easy fix. She said she would like to see the town add more lighting to the road.

"Some more speeding signs, more police presences and I think that will take care of it," Rux said.

Police told Eyewitness News they do patrol the Ledges frequently and there are no plans to increase patrols.

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