Bellport Brewery owner dies in crash


Suffolk County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating a motor vehicle crash that killed a Moriches man in Mastic Beach this afternoon.

Brian Baker, owner of the Bellport Brewery, was driving a 2022 Hyundai northbound on Mastic Road, just north of Blanco Drive, when it is believed he suffered a medical event and lost control of the vehicle at 2:22 p.m. The car crossed through the southbound traffic lanes and onto a curb before striking a tree and a utility pole.

Baker, 43, of Moriches, was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic from the Mastic Beach Ambulance Company. A 16-year-old female passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries and was released at the scene into the custody of family.

The Hyundai was impounded for a safety check. Anyone with information on this crash is asked to contact the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752.