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Struck Telephone Pole

Newtown police report Kayla Brynn Reilly, 18, of Newtown, was operating a 2014 Buick Enclave westbound on Boggs Hill Road on Saturday, August 28, when it veered off the roadway, striking a telephone pole.

No injuries were reported to Reilly or to a passenger in her vehicle. Reilly was given a written warning for making a restricted turn.

Stop Sign Incident

Newtown police report Evan Carter Thornton, 32, of Newtown, was operating a 2012 Toyota Prius eastbound on Poverty Hollow Road on Monday, August 30, and came to a stop at its intersection with Hattertown Road.

Angie Gutierrez Siana, 19, of Monroe, was operating a 2018 Ford Explorer XLT northbound on Hattertown Road and came to a stop at the same intersection.

Thornton was attempting to proceed through the intersection when the right side of his vehicle was struck by the front end of Siana’s vehicle in the intersection.

No injuries were reported. Siana was issued a written warning for failure to grant the right of way at a stop sign.

Intersection Crash

Newtown police report Christopher Michael Danscuk-Miller, 26, of Monroe, was operating a 2009 Nissan Altima 2.5/2.5 S eastbound on Church Hill Road near its intersection with Queen Street on Monday, August 30. Danscuk-Miller told police he had had a green light and proceeded straight through the Queen Street intersection.

Madeline Ellen Baldwick, 23, of New Milford, was operating a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze LS westbound on Church Hill Road. She stated that she also had a green light, so she turned left onto Queen Street.

Police stated that Baldwick turned left in front of Danscuk-Miller and struck his vehicle while in the intersection.

The impact caused the Cruze to spin around, coming to rest against the curb of the island located on Queen Street. The Cruze sustained heavy right side damage. The Altima sustained heavy front end damage.

No injuries were reported. Baldwick was evaluated by EMS on scene but refused medical aid. She was issued an infraction for failure to grant right of way.

Lost Control Of Vehicle

Newtown police report Kolin William Fritscher, 20, of Pawcatuck, was operating a 2010 Ford F150 eastbound on I-84 on Wednesday, September 1, when he lost control of his vehicle and it rolled onto its side on the median.

Fritscher sustained minor injuries but refused transportation to a hospital. He was issued a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

Tractor Trailer Collision

Newtown police report Thomas Howard Bott, 59, of Warwick, N.Y., was operating a 2015 Freightliner Co 999 westbound on I-84 on Wednesday, September 1, when his vehicle was struck by a 2019 International Truck operated by Carter B. Willis, 49, of Leicester, Mass. The semi operated by Willis jackknifed across three lanes of the highway.

Willis was evaluated on the scene for minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. He was issued infractions for failure to maintain lane and traveling too fast for conditions.

Following Too Closely

Newtown police report Wandecir Santanna, 65, of Danbury, was operating a 1999 Toyota Corolla westbound on Berkshire Road on Wednesday, September 1, behind a 2019 GMC Sierra owned by the town of Bethel and operated by Kelly Curtis, 60, of Derby. Curtis stopped his vehicle in the roadway due to traffic and Santanna’s vehicle collided with the rear bumper of Curtis’ vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

Santanna’s vehicle was towed from the scene due to disabling damage and he was issued a verbal warning for following too closely.

Traveling Too Fast

Newtown police report Dorothy Dralus, 73, of Monroe, was operating a 2005 Ford Escape XLT eastbound on Toddy Hill Road on Wednesday, September 1, and made a left turn onto northbound Berkshire road when she lost control of her vehicle due to wet conditions.

Police say she over-corrected the steering and rolled the vehicle over, coming to a rest on the grass shoulder on Berkshire Road.

Dralus complained of no injuries, but Newtown ambulance responded to the scene for an evaluation. Dralus declined transport to Danbury Hospital.

She was given a verbal warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

South Main Crash

Newtown police report Christopher Belden, 31, of Newtown, was operating a 2021 Kia Telluride and stopped on Country Club Road at the intersection of South main Street. Dale Miles, 60, of Waterbury, was driving southbound on South Main Street in the left turn only lane in a 1994 Mazda B4000.

Belden’s vehicle entered the intersection and the front driver’s side of his vehicle made contact with the front passenger’s side of Miles’s vehicle, causing damage to both vehicles.

EMS was dispatched to treat Miles. Belden was issued a ticket for failure to grant right of way at a stop sign.

Struck A Downed Tree

Newtown police report Frank Cass, 69, of Southbury, was operating a 2012 Honda Accord EX northbound on Riverside Road on Wednesday, September 1, when the front passenger side of his vehicle drove into an uprooted tree from the empty lot of 104 Riverside Road in the northbound lane.

The passenger’s side tire and wheel of Cass’s vehicle became stuck on the tree.

No injuries were reported and no enforcement was taken.

Restricted Turn

Newtown police report Peter Andrew, 65, of Newtown, was operating a a 2016 Honda Pilot Touring eastbound on Sugar Street on Friday, September 3, while William Dyer, 32, of Springfield, Mass., was traveling westbound on Sugar Street in a 2021 Chevrolet 4500H owned by Ryder Truck Rental.

Andrew started a left turn onto Madison Drive when the right side of his vehicle made contact with the right front section of Dyer’s rental vehicle.

Andrew’s vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its left side, leaning up against a stop sign. Police state that Dyer’s vehicle was in its proper lane and had the right of way.

No injuries were reported. Andrew was given an infraction for making a restricted turn.

Rear End Bump

Newtown police report Michael McCoy, 39, of Cornelius, N.C., operating a 2020 Jeep, was stopped for traffic on Dodgingtown Road on Friday, September 3.

Cleo Bubulko, 26, of Naperville, Ill., was traveling behind in a 2018 Honda Pilot EX; the front bumper of her vehicle struck the rear bumper of the Jeep.

Bubulko said a long line of cars had started moving and she did not see that McCoy’s vehicle was still stopped.

McCoy said he was stopped for traffic that was waiting at a red traffic signal.

No injuries were reported.

Bubulko was issued a verbal warning for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

Vehicle Damaged By Gate

Newtown police report Jill Merrick, 59, of Naugatuck, operating a 2020 Kia Soul, was traveling southbound on Dickinson Drive on Friday, September 3, when she ran over part of the entrance gate to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Merrick stated she was distracted by her mask while driving. She said that her vehicle suffered damage to the driver’s side front tire and the gate was damaged so that it could not be used.

An investigating officer examined the gate to look for damage and observed tire marks on two panels that rise above the ground and are associated with the gate, but not part of the gate itself. The two panels are located on a small median between lanes. The officer said there was no observable damage to the gate itself.

Merrick was not injured and no enforcement was taken.

Failure To Appear

Newtown Patrol Officer Adam James performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Shamara Clarke, 32, of Bridgeport, on Saturday, September 4, after observing several routine violations.

Police found that Clarke had an active warrant for her arrest stemming from an incident in Bethel where she failed to appear in count.

Clarke was arrested and charged with second-degree failure to appear. She was released after posting a $1,500 bond and given a court date of September 16 in Danbury Court.

Driving Under The Influence

Newtown police report Ivan Morels-Ioman, 38, of New Haven, was arrested Sunday, September 5, on the charge of illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

He was released on a $500 bond with a court date of September 21. No other details were provided.

Failure To Keep Right

According to Newtown Police, Adam Chain, 19, of Ridgefield, was operating a 1983 Porsche 944 north on The Boulevard on Monday, September 6, when he was unable to maintain control of his vehicle while negotiating a sharp right curve in the roadway. The Porsche continued straight and struck the face of a guard rail with its left front bumper.

No injuries were reported.

Chain was issued a verbal warning for failure to keep right on a curve.

A 2016 Honda Pilot Touring driven by Peter Andrew, 65, of Newtown, is seen on its side after an collision with a Ryder rental truck on Friday, September 3, caused it to roll over. —photo courtesy Newtown Hook & Ladder.
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