Little Ghost Girl on Old Montauk Highway
by Anthony Zummo
(West Babylon, Long Island)
Back in 1996 I was driving two of my friends back from a club on Long Island’s south fork. The club was near the end of Old Montauk Highway around the Hamptons area.
For anyone who doesn't know the area, it consists of long strips of woods lining both sides of the highway between patches of towns. (Editor’s note: This area is part of Long Island’s Pine Barrens, which as the name suggests, is desolate.)
It was around 3 AM when we were heading back home and I admit I was doing around 50 mph in a 35mph zone, but figured no one would really be out at that time of night except police catching speeders as they came into small towns. I was the designated driver and hadn't had anything to drink all night.
20 minutes into our trip the road slightly curved to the left as a town came into sight (seemed to be around Amaganset or in that area). I leaned over to fast forward my tape deck and when I looked up I noticed a little girl skipping across the street.
I could remember what she was wearing clear as day. She was in a dark red dress with white trim and a white bib style front to the dress. Her hair was brown and was up in a ponytail.
She turned to look at me, but before our eyes could lock I slammed both feet on my brakes. My car slid at least 15 feet until I heard and felt two distinct bumps in my steering wheel. I became frozen by the idea of running a child over since I have 6 nieces myself.
I look over and noticed that my two sleeping passengers were jolted awake by my sudden stopping. They both looked at me as if my appearance scared them. I was sheet white and my hands were still clutched to the steering wheel.
I was petrified as to what awaited me under my car. So I slowly opened the driver side door and stepped out. I looked behind my car and could only see my tire marks on the asphalt. I looked under the car and saw nothing.
When I looked back in the car to my friends they asked if I was okay and that we should pull the car over to the side of the road. (Yes, I was still in the middle of the road). We pulled over and sat there for more than a half our while my body kept shaking and my eyes kept watering.
I’ve never gone back there, but wish I knew what had happened or who she was. If anyone else has experienced her could you please let me know what town it was in?
I need to get more answers. If anyone else can help me with this, I would really appreciate it.