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Police Reports | January 5-January 17, 2023



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Failure To Drive Right

Newtown Police report Brandon Ramos, 29, of Stamford, operating a 2019 Ford F550, was traveling east on Berkshire Road at 1:02 pm January 5. John Volker, 62, of Danbury, operating a 2018 Toyota Camry, was traveling north on Toddy Hill Road and stopped at the intersection with Berkshire Road for a red traffic light. Police say Ramos turned right onto Toddy Hill Road and struck Volker’s stopped vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

Ramos was given a verbal warning for failure to drive right.

Semi Hits Railroad Bridge

Newtown Police report Atorwai Martor, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., operating a 2013 Freightliner semi truck, was traveling westbound on Botsford Hill Road approaching the railroad bridge, at 4:51 pm January 6. Martor continued under the bridge in a 13’ truck, disregarding the signs marking the 11.5’ clearance. The top of the truck was sheared off from striking the side of the bridge.

No injuries were reported. No apparent damage was done to the bridge, but the railroad company was notified.

Martor was issued an infraction for operating under a bridge above the clearance height.

Collision In Intersection

Newtown Police report Shawn Sorbello, 49, of Bethel, operating a 2016 Nissan Rogue, was traveling east on Berkshire Road in the area of Gray’s Plain Road at 7:54 am January 8. Cody Foss, 51, of Sandy Hook, operating a 2019 Honda Civic, was traveling south on Bennett’s Bridge Road at the intersection of Berkshire Road. Police say as Foss’ vehicle crossed the intersection, it collided with Sorbello’s vehicle, causing damage to both vehicles.

No injuries were reported. Both vehicles were towed.

No enforcement action was taken.

Rear-Ended On Hanover

Newtown Police report Shane Powers, 22, of Ansonia, operating a 2005 Dodge Ram, was traveling south on Hanover Road at 3:05 pm January 9. He was traveling behind a 2017 Nissan Maxima operated by Tommy Harris, 52, of Wilton, that stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Hanover Road and Main Street to turn left onto Main Street. Police say while stopped, waiting for an opportunity to proceed onto Main Street, Harris’ vehicle was rear-ended by Powers’ vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

No enforcement action was taken.

Semi Hits Communication Lines

Newtown Police report Richard Barkauskas, 59, of Oakville, operating a 2020 Freightliner M2 106 was traveling east on Ridge Road at 2:24 pm January 9. The top of Barkauskas’ vehicle struck the communication wires from a CL&P utility pole overhanging the roadway, pulling them to the ground.

No injuries were reported.

No enforcement action was taken.

Following Too Closely

Newtown Police report Stephen Kaufman, 86, of Newtown, operating a 2005 Acura RI, was traveling eastbound on Church Hill Road at 11:40 am January 10. He was traveling behind a 2015 Honda CR-V operated by Jennifer Benvenuto, 47, of Sandy Hook. Police say Benvenuto stopped for a traffic light and the front of Kaufman’s vehicle struck the rear of Benvenuto’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

Kaufman was issued a verbal warning for following too closely and for failure to renew vehicle registration.

Three Vehicle Collision

Newtown Police report Barbara Matison, 71, of Southbury, operating a 2016 Chevrolet Trax, was in the rear parking lot of 153 South Main Street at 11:43 am January 10. Matison turned left into a parking spot facing a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu owned by Marianna Whitman, and failed to stop in time, striking Whitman’s vehicle. Police say Whitman’s vehicle was pushed into a 2018 Audi Q5 owned by Newtown Savings Bank.

No injuries were reported.

No enforcement action was taken since the incident occurred on private property.

Extricated Driver

At 1:29 pm January 11, Newtown Police responded to the report of a rollover crash and found James Tyszkiewicz, 72, of New Milford, who had been operating a 2005 Toyota Camry on Berkshire Road, trapped inside the vehicle.

Sandy Hook, Botsford and Newtown Hook & Ladder fire companies all responded and extricated Tyszkiewicz, who was transported to Danbury Hospital for evaluation.

The vehicle was towed.

No enforcement action was noted in the report.

Evading By Construction Truck

Newtown Police report Danuta Dabrowska, 41, of Easton, operating a 2020 Audi Q5, was traveling south on South Main Street and passing Plaza South before Coldspring Road at 3:36 pm January 11. Police say a large construction truck approached from behind and Dabrowska moved to the right to allow it to pass. While passing, the construction truck sideswiped Dabrowska’s vehicle, damaging the driver’s side mirror and rear driver’s side door. The construction vehicle continued without stopping, and there is no plate or further vehicle description.

Crash Leaving Plaza

Newtown Police report Joshua Fitzgerald, 17, of Newtown, operating a 2010 Land Rover Discovery, was turning left from the plaza of 71 South Main Street onto South Main Street at 3:51 pm January 12. William Truax, 63, of Monroe, was traveling southbound on South Main Street. Fitzgerald entered the roadway, striking Truax’s vehicle front to side.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

No enforcement action is mentioned in the report.

Both Tried To Enter Lane

Newtown Police report Acea Shaham, 17, of Sandy Hook, operating a 2002 Subaru Legacy, was in the parking lot of 12 Berkshire Road waiting to turn left into the exit lane from the parking area at 11:36 am January 13. Alexandra Checchia, 17, of Sandy Hook, was traveling eastbound in the exit lane and stopped to allow Shaham to turn left in front of her. Shaham pulled into the exit lane at the same time Checchia moved forward in the lane and the front driver’s side bumper of Checchia’s vehicle hit the front passenger’s side bumper of Shaham’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Neither vehicle was towed.

No enforcement action was taken as the incident occurred on private property.

Delayed Charge

Newtown Police report that Justin Spath, 28, of Newtown, was arrested after turning himself into police January 17 after learning a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Spath was charged with failure to drive in the proper lane and is the result of an investigation into a motor vehicle accident that occurred on December 27.

Spath was released on a promise to appear with a court date of January 31 in Danbury Superior Court.

Luke W. Braun hands his license to a Newtown police officer after crashing the 2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5i in the foreground into a lamp post on Church Hill Road. According to the police report, Braun, 19, of Newtown, was traveling south on Main Street around 2:30 pm Thursday, January 12. He made a left turn at the flagpole, onto Church Hill Road. Braun lost control of the Subaru on the wet road. The vehicle spun around while traveling east. It ended up crossing into the westbound travel lane before crashing into the post on the north side of the road, just west of the driveway for 3 Church Hill Road. Braun was uninjured. The vehicle was towed due to disabling damage. Braun was given verbal warnings for failure to drive right and traveling too fast for conditions. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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