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Police Reports | October 17-29, 2020



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Failure To Maintain Lane

A single vehicle accident last month heavily damaged a stone wall and a pair of trees on private property.

Newtown Police report that Kamal Abdulrazak, 43, of New Fairfield, was traveling north on Mile Hill Road South, near that road’s intersection with Nunnawauk Road, while operating a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX around 7:10 pm, Saturday, October 17.

As the station wagon approached an uphill left curve in the roadway, it continued straight and failed to negotiate the curve. The passenger side front tire of the Subaru struck the northbound curbing of the road. The car continued off the northbound shoulder of Mill Hill Road South, then went off the roadway.

After the passenger side front end of the Subaru struck a stone wall, the vehicle continued to drive up onto the stone wall, and then traveled on top of the stone wall before the driver’s side struck a tree. The front end of the car then struck a second tree before finally stopping.

The incident left heavy damage to a stone wall along the roadway in front of 41 Mile Hill Road South. The trees struck by the Subaru were also damaged.

Abdulrazak and two passengers were all wearing seat belts. No injuries were reported.

The Impreza was towed from the scene, and driver was given a verbal warning for failure to maintain a proper lane.

Restricted Turn

Jason B. Mengold, 46, of Southbury, was operating a 2004 Cadillac Escalade Luxury northbound on South Main Street, approaching the area of the Citgo/Wheels gas station, around 1:29 pm Sunday, October 18.

At the same time, a 2009 Acura RI being operated by Alan R. Marcus, 82, of Bokeelia, Fla., began to exit the driveway of the gas station/convenience store property, making a right turn. As the Cadillac was passing the driveway, the Acura pulled out, and the front end of the Acura hit the rear passenger tire area of the Cadillac.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. No injuries were reported to either driver nor a passenger in the Acura.

Marcus was issued a verbal warning for making a restricted turn.

Too Fast For Conditions

Newtown police report a single vehicle crash last week that left damage on two pieces of property.

Christian T. Kuiete, 21, of Waterbury, was traveling south on South Main Street near Homestead Lane around 11:09 pm on Thursday, October 29, in rainy conditions.

As Kuiete negotiated a right hand turn, he lost control of the 2004 Toyota Corolla he was operating. The back end of the car began to slide, then the car crossed the center line and struck a curb. The vehicle continued off the road, up an embankment, and through a mailbox and street sign, before coming to rest on Homestead Lane.

No injuries were reported. Kuiete was wearing a seat belt at the time.

The vehicle sustained moderate front right bumper and passenger door damage, as well as damage to the windshield and undercarriage. It was towed from the scene.

The accident damaged a stop sign and road sign owned by the Town of Newtown, and the mailbox for 2 Homestead Lane.

Kuiete was issued an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions.

Connecticut State Police (CSP) troopers stand outside a 2019 GMC Savana passenger van that was involved in a collision with a 2020 International 18-wheeler truck under snowy conditions around 10 am Friday, October 30. According to the CSP report, Daniel Gracia, 33, of Hartford, was operating the passenger van in the high speed lane of I-84 East, about one-half mile before Exit 13. At the same time, Widmyer Mezier, 34, of Amityville, N.Y., was operating the tractor-trailer truck in the low speed lane. Both vehicles were within the construction zone for the work being done on the Rochambeau Bridge. According to the report, Mezier lost control of his vehicle, which veered into the left lane and struck the van on its passenger side. The van then struck the jersey barrier in the median shoulder. Both drivers were wearing shoulder-lap belt systems at the time of the collision. Gracia reported pain to his neck and back, and was transported by Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel to a hospital. Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue firefighters also responded to the incident. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. —Bee Photo, Hicks
According to the CSP report, Mezier, who had been operating this 2020 International truck, was found at fault for the collision Friday morning within the Rochambeau Bridge construction zone. He was issued an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions and failure to maintain a proper lane within a work zone. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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