Police Reports | July 26-August 4, 2019
South Main Collision
A two-vehicle collision occurred near 98 South Main Street about 5:17 pm on August 7.
Police said motorist Lazaro Gomez-Diaz, 34, of Bridgeport, who was driving a 2016 Nissan Sentra sedan southward, stopped the vehicle, after which the Nissan was struck from behind by southbound motorist Kristen Brink, 23, of Monroe, who was driving a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedan. There were no injuries.
Brink received a written warning for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart resulting in an accident.
Sandy Hook Accident
Police report a two-vehicle accident at about 7:47 am on August 4 in Sandy Hook Center, in front of 105 Church Hill Road.
In that incident, motorist Marissa Cascella, 26, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox SUV westward, slowed for traffic conditions, after which motorist Laura Lopiano, 34, of Bethel, who was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer SUV westward behind the Chevrolet, swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision, but the Ford sideswiped the Chevrolet, police said.
The Ford continued traveling, jumped a curb, and then struck a light post. Both drivers and a passenger in the Chevrolet were evaluated by emergency medical staffers at the scene, but were not transported. Police issued Lopiano an infraction for following too closely.
Swamp Road Crash
A two-vehicle accident occurred near 15 Swamp Road about 1:34 pm on August 4.
A 2006 Toyota Scion SC driven by Pablo Sanchez, 33, of Danbury, which was traveling westward on Swamp Road, struck the rear end of a westbound 2016 Honda Civic sedan driven by Danielle Sheridan, 32, of Poughquog, N.Y., police said. There were no injuries.
Sanchez received an infraction for failure to have a driver’s license, and for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.
Mt Pleasant Road
At about 6:50 pm on August 4, motorist Sazo Ajdinoski, 47, of Newtown, who was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westward on Mt Pleasant Road, near Suzie Lane, stopped for traffic conditions, after which the Chevrolet was struck from behind by a westbound Nissan vehicle driven by Dakshesh Ashokkumar Patel, 33, of Rockville, Md., police said.
Ajdinoski was treated at the scene by Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps perseonel. Patel received a verbal warning for following too closely.
At about 12:03 pm on August 4, trucker Shukhratbek Nadirbekov, 29, of New York City, who was driving a 2010 Freightliner truck eastward on Interstate 84, near Exit 10, attempted to change travel lanes, after which motorist Dakota Baumann, 25, of Monroe, who was driving a 2001 Buick LeSabre, in an attempt to avoid a collision with the Freightliner, swerved, but in doing so the Buick went out of control and struck some trees along the right road shoulder, state police said.
Baumann and a Buick passenger received possible injuries and were transported by Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps for medical care. State police issued Nadirbekov an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane.
Forester Off Road
Police said they responded to a report stating that a vehicle had driven off the road near the intersection of Hawleyville Road and Currituck Road at about 5:54 am on August 3.
Police said that after arriving, they found the 2012 Subaru Forester SUV, which is owned by a Sandy Hook resident, positioned off the roadway with its driver-side airbag deployed. The vehicle was unoccupied. The incident is under investigation.
Police report a two-vehicle accident in Botsford about 1:09 pm on August 1 which involved a paramedic responding to a medical emergency.
Police report that paramedic James Stead, 56, of New Fairfield, who was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer paramedic vehicle, with its siren sounding and lights flashing, was driving southward on South Main Street behind a southbound ambulance. Those two vehicles then drove into South Main Street’s intersection with Button Shop Road, police said.
At that time, motorist John Street, 16, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox SUV westward on Button Shop Road, entered the intersection and collided with the Ford, police said.
There were no injuries. Police said they verbally warned Street for failure to grant the right of way to an emergency vehicle. Police said Street also had two 16-year-old passengers in the Chevrolet in violation of passenger restrictions which apply to 16-year-old drivers.
At about 8:21 am on August 1, motorist Douglas Cooke, 49, of Oxford was driving 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westward on Schoolhouse Hill Road, near Evergreen Road, as motorist Kathleen Murray, 54, of Sandy Hook was driving a a 2010 Ford Econoline van eastward on Schoolhouse Hill Road, police said.
As the two vehicles passed each other, their left exterior rear-view mirrors collided. There were no injuries. There was no enforcement.
Midday on August 1, a black-colored automotive key for Volkswagen-brand vehicle was found near the intersection of South Main Street and Hawley Road, police report. The key’s owner may claim it at the police station at 3 Main Street, where it is being held for safekeeping. The telephone number is 203-426-5841.
Beaver Dam Road
Police report a two-vehicle collision on Beaver Dam Road, a lengthy narrow dirt road that connects Brushy Hill Road to the intersection of Platts Hill Road, Hundred Acres Road, and Palestine Road, at about 4:10 pm on August 1.
Police said motorist Gavin Connors, 18, of Newtown was driving a 2004 Jeep Wrangler SUV northward on Beaver Dam Road, as motorist Jerome Mayer, 63, of Newtown was driving a 2012 Ford Focus sedan southward. The left front bumpers of the two vehicles collided.
There were no injuries. Police said they issued Connors an infraction for failure to grant one-half of the highway.
State police report that at 3:42 pm on July 30, motorist Stephen Shells, 39, of Neptune, N.J., who was driving a 2018 Ram pickup truck eastward on Interstate 84, near the Exit 9 on-ramp, sideswiped a 2010 Chevrolet Impala sedan driven by Mark Lloret, 36, of Wolcott.
There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.
Police report a one-vehicle accident about 7:15 pm on July 29 at 2 Shepard Hill Road.
Motorist Nicolette Spotlow, 17, of Guilford, who was driving a 2013 GMC Terrain SUV southward on Shepard Hill Road, stopped and then began to drive in reverse, after which a rear bumper struck a stone wall and then a rear tire mounted the stone wall, police said. There were no injuries.
Police verbally warned Spotlow for unsafe backing.
Police report that at about 6:12 am on July 29, motorcyclist William Christenson, 62 of Newtown was riding a 1986 Kawasaki ZG-1200 Voyager eastward on Sugar Street and then attempted to turn onto South Main Street, when he encountered some fluid on the roadway, after which the motorcycle’s rear wheel skidded and the vehicle fell over onto the pavement.
Christenson was not injured and no enforcement was taken, police said. The state Department of Transportation was called to sand the slippery area.
Struck From Behind
In slow, heavy traffic traveling westward on Interstate 84, at about 6:06 pm on July 26, motorist Robert Norris, 63, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, slowed his pace and was then struck from behind by motorist Matthew Art, 41, of Ridgefield, who was driving a 2013 Lexus RX-350 SUV, according to state police.
Norris and a Jeep passenger reported pain, but declined medical attention, state police said. Art received an infraction for following too closely.