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Police Reports | September 17-October 5, 2021



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Collision In Parking Lot

Newtown police report Dennis Scott, 82, of Newtown, operating a 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i, was traveling in the commercial parking lot of 6 Queen Street on September 17. Deborah Zaccagnini, 69, of Newtown, operating a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country, was also traveling in the commercial parking lot of 6 Queen Street.

Scott reportedly told police he was heading toward CVS when suddenly his vehicle was struck by another vehicle. He could not provide any other details about the incident. Zaccagnini said she was stopped at a stop sign in the commercial driveway and did not observe any other vehicles, so she proceeded forward. She said Scott’s vehicle entered the commercial driveway from Queen Street at a high rate of speed and struck her vehicle.

The report states a witness said they observed Scott’s vehicle enter the commercial driveway at a high rate of speed and it struck Zaccagnini’s vehicle.

Scott was treated for injuries by Newtown Ambulance.

Unable To Stop In Time

Newtown police report James Griffin, 25, of Monroe, operating a 2013 Volkswagen Passat, was traveling northbound on South Main Street behind a 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz operated by David Eichorn, 34, of New Haven, on September 24. Eichorn stopped for traffic ahead of his vehicle. The front bumper of Griffin’s vehicle made contact with the rear bumper of Eichorn’s vehicle when Griffin was unable to stop in time.

Griffin was transported by Newtown Ambulance to Danbury Hospital for evaluation. Eichorn said he had no injuries at that time.

Both vehicles were towed due to disabling damage.

Berkshire Road Rear-Ender

Newtown Police report Velma Kovacs, 93, of Brookfield, operating a 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, was traveling eastbound on Berkshire Road behind a 2015 Toyota Venza LE/XLE operated by Paulette Kuntz, 71, of Southbury, on September 25. Kuntz’s vehicle stopped, and Kovacs’ vehicle stopped behind it. Kovacs’ vehicle then accelerated into the rear of Kuntz’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported.

Kovacs received a verbal warning for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

Failure To Grant Right Of Way

Newtown police report Patricia Rist, 75, of Bethel, operating a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, was stopped at the intersection of Currituck Road and Hawleyville Road, on September 25. Layne Rivierre, 43, of Danbury, operating a 2018 KW W900, was traveling north on Hawleyville Road. Rist’s vehicle proceeded into the intersection to turn left onto Hawleyville Road and made contact with Rivierre’s vehicle.

Rist was transported to Danbury Hospital, complaining of chest pain. She was given an infraction for failure to grant right of way on a left turn.

Restricted Turn

Newtown police report Michele Jerrild, 52, of Fairfield, operating a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox LT, was turning left from Church Hill Road onto Main Street on September 25. She drove her vehicle into the flagpole.

Jerrild was issued an infraction for making a restricted turn.

Hit-And-Run Witnesses Sought

Newtown police are investigating a motor vehicle collision that occurred on September 26, at approximately 5:15 pm, on Glen Road. According to police, a white Chevrolet pickup truck, possibly a Silverado with a dual rear axle, was traveling on Glen Road toward Southbury when it sideswiped a 2020 Porsche Macan driven by Richard Balaban, 68, of Sandy Hook.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Newtown Police Department.

Seeking Honda Accord

Newtown police are investigating a motor vehicle crash that occurred on September 30, at 8:29 am, at the intersection of Currituck Road and Obtuse Road. A dark grey 2003-2007 Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Currituck Road, entered the intersection with Obtuse Road and continued to travel straight. It drove onto the westbound shoulder, striking a stop sign and knocking it over. It continued to travel on the shoulder, striking a utility pole. The vehicle then left the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer William Hull at 203-426-5841.

Driver Hits Barrier

Connecticut state police report that Amber Rivera, 32, of Waterbury, operating a 2005 Acura MDX Touring, on October 1 was traveling in the left lane of two on Interstate 84 East, 1/10 of a mile west of Exit 13 in Southbury. Rivera lost control of her vehicle and collided with the concrete barrier in the center median. Rivera’s vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage, causing it to be disabled, and was towed from the scene by Modzelewski’s Towing. Rivera was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Danbury Hospital.

Rivera was issued a misdemeanor summons for operating a motor vehicle with insufficient insurance, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and failure to maintain proper lane. She was released on a promise to appear at Danbury Court on October 14.

Collision At Intersection

Newtown police report that Christine Nolan, 19, of Redding, operating a 2016 Ford Escape SE, was making a left turn from the Interstate 84 Exit 9 off ramp to traveling westbound on Hawleyville Road. Solomon Katz, 41, of Monsey, N.Y., operating a 2022 Honda Odyssey, was traveling eastbound on Hawleyville Road. Nolan said she stopped at the stop sign at the intersection and entered Hawleyville Road before it was safe to do so. The front of Katz’ vehicle struck the driver side of Nolan’s vehicle.

No injuries were reported. Nolan was issued an infraction for failure to obey a stop sign.

Failure To Maintain Lane

Connecticut state police report that Drevon Basnight, 24, of Waterbury, operating a 2002 Honda Accord EX/SE, was on October 4 traveling on Interstate 84 east in the right lane of two, approximately 2/10 of a mile west of Exit 13 in Newtown. Basnight’s vehicle was traveling approximately 60 miles per hour in the right lane of two when Basnight lost control. The vehicle struck the cement barrier on the left and right side of the roadway before coming to a stop in the right lane.

The vehicle suffered disabling damage and was removed from the scene by Modzelewski’s Towing.

Basnight suffered a minor leg injury and was transported to Waterbury Hospital by Newtown EMS for evaluation.

Basnight was issued an infraction for failure to maintain a lane.

Four-Vehicle Incident

Manuel Morocho, 56, of Waterbury, operating a 2011 Toyota Tacoma, was on October 5 traveling westbound on Interstate 84 in the area of Exit 13 in Southbury. Morocho stopped for traffic and was rear-ended by a 2006 Chevrolet Express G2500 operated by Kennedy Alexander, 30, of St Thomas, Virgin Islands. The sudden traffic stop led to a 2020 Mercedes C300 operated by Carmen Inzitari, 63, of Oxford, being rear-ended by Samuel Lamoureux, 23, of Bristol, operating a 2015 Buick Encore AWD, pushing Inzitari’s vehicle into the rear end of Alexander’s vehicle.

Minor injuries were reported to a passenger, who was transported to Danbury Hospital by Newtown EMS.

Alexander’s vehicle and Lamoureux’s vehicle were towed from the scene by Classic Coach Towing.

Alexander was issued an infraction for following too close resulting in an accident.

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