Imagine you're driving through the center of town, late at night, when you spot someone lying in the middle of the road... forcing you to slam on your brakes.
That terrifying thought is now a scary reality for people who live in East Hampton, who claim young teens have been darting in front of cars and terrorizing drivers.
"It’s dusk, its dark out while they're doing this, it's so scary,” said Jennifer Marozzi, of East Hampton.
Marozzi was at work about a month ago, when one of her regular customers walked through the doors of Po's Rice and Spice, completely distraught by what just happened.
"She was very upset, she called the police," Marozzi said.
She said a young teen was lying in the middle of the road, not far from the restaurant on Main Street.
The customer was visibly shaken up, fearing for the child’s safety.
"I don't want to see anything happen to them, and I don't want to see anyone hit them and have that experience. It’s just a bad combination,” Marozzi said.
It's not only teens playing this game many call "chicken,” but people who live in East Hampton said the teens are jumping in front of cars, darting through traffic and terrorizing drivers as they pass through the center of town.
"I just wanted to put it out there and let people know to look out for these young kids,” said Anne Maynard, of East Hampton.
Maynard, who is a lifelong resident of East Hampton, posted to the town's open forum on Facebook, warning everyone to drive with caution.
"When I was young, I remember hearing about a teenager playing ‘chicken’ just down the street who did actually get killed. I don't want to see that happening again,” Maynard said.
Anyone who witnessed anything is urged to contact police.
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