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Ex-Real Estate Mogul ID'd As Hamptons Driver High On Drugs In Crash Injuring Mom, Child

Robert K Futterman
Robert K Futterman Photo Credit: Southampton Police Department

The man allegedly high on drugs who crashed into a vehicle, injuring a 31-year-old woman and her 3-year-old son, has been identified as a former power real estate broker.

Police responded to the crash around 11:23 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, at the intersection of Newlight Lane on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, said Southampton Town Police Sgt. M.P. Joyce.

According to police, Erica Beremeo Palacios, 31, was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima north on Newlight Lane she entered the intersection and collided with an eastbound 2019 Ford F150. The F150 was being driven by the former broker, Robert Futterman, 60, of Sag Harbor, Joyce said.

As a result of the crash, Palacios, of Morristown, New Jersey, and her 3-year-old son were transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center by helicopter.

Their injuries were determined to be minor, he added.

A sobriety test was administered to Futterman found that his ability was impaired by the use of drugs, Joyce said.

Futterman was charged driving while ability impaired, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was held for arraignment Wednesday, July 24.

This is the latest in a number of drunk driving arrests for Futterman who had been stopped hours before the crash on the Napeague stretch in Amagansett around 8:45 a.m. He was given four traffic violations.

Futterman was also free on bail following a Tuesday, July 16 charge in Sag Harbor Village for boating while intoxicated after a boat accident in which he struck the anchor chain of another yacht.

Known for big retail leases in some of the poshest neighborhoods in Manhattan, Futterman had been fired in late May as the chairman and chief executive of Newmark RKF.

According to the New York Post, Futterman was fired “for cause” due to erratic behavior.

The firing also coincided with an April 30 arrest in Texas for marijuana possession after he was allegedly caught with pot candy at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. He was released on $1,500 bond.

Tuesday afternoon's crash remains under investigation.

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