Police Reports | November 1-13, 2019
After learning that police held a warrant for his arrest, Joseph Lamanna, 56, of Newtown, went to the police station about 6:38 pm on November 13, and was charged with failure to respond to an infraction. Police said the charge stems from a July 15 incident in which Lamanna allegedly allowed a dog to roam. Lamanna was released on $500 bail for a November 27 court appearance.
At about 5:41 pm on November 12, a vehicle being driven northward on South Main Street, near Botsford Lane, by motorist Ryan Bradshaw, 24, of Racine, Wisc., stopped for some halted traffic, after which it was struck from behind by a 1997 GMC Sonoma pickup truck driven by John Qubick, 60, of Monroe, police report.
There were no injuries. Qubick received an infraction for following too closely.
Police report that at about 1:20 pm on November 11, they stopped motorist Tony Coolbeth, 38, of Ansonia, on Church Hill Road, near Walnut Tree Hill Road, after learning that the marker plates affixed to the vehicle that he was driving did not match that vehicle.
Police charged Coolbeth with misuse of marker plates, driving an unregistered vehicle, and failure to have automotive insurance. Coolbeth is scheduled to appear in court on November 21 to answer the charges.
A two-SUV accident occurred at the intersection of Hanover Road and Schoolhouse Hill Road about 3:53 pm on November 11. Involved in the collision were motorist Carol Mahoney, 68, of Newtown, who was driving a 2011 Toyota RAV-4 SUV, and motorist Susan Harrington, 49, of Newtown, who was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition SUV, police report. There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Mahoney for failure to obey a stop sign.
A two-vehicle accident occurred at the Main Street flagpole intersection at about 5:29 pm on November 11.
Involved in that collision were motorist Alexander Young, 39, of Newtown, who was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry sedan, and motorist Patrick McGoldrick, 35, of Brookfield, who was driving a 2014 Hyundai Sonata sedan, police said. There were no injuries. Young received a verbal warning for failure to grant the right of way after making a stop. McGoldrick received a verbal warning for passing on the right.
Audi Vs Wall, Tree
Police report that at about 5 pm on November 10, motorist Richard Hillmann, 46, of Newtown, was driving a 2011 Audi A-4 auto southward on Mile Hill Road South, when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway near 16 Mile Hill Road South, drove over a stone wall, and then hit a tree.
The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps evaluated and released Hillmann at the scene. Police gave Hillmann an infraction for making a restricted turn.
Unsafe Lane Change
At about 11:23 pm on November 10, in a road construction zone on westbound Interstate 84, about 500 feet east of Exit 10, motorist Ryan Farrell, 25, of Danbury, who was driving a 2017 Honda Accord, made an unsafe lane change and sideswiped 2018 Toyota RAV-4 SUV driven by Isabel Lema, 30, of Danbury, state police said.
There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Farrell for making an unsafe lane change.
While traveling in heavy traffic on Interstate 84 about 3:23 pm on November 8, motorist Kara Michael, 32, of Brookfield, who was driving a 2017 Kia Forte, braked and was then struck from behind by Cynthia Holt, 65, of Danbury, who was driving a 2014 Toyota RAV-4 SUV, state police said.
There were no injuries. Holt received an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.
BMW Vs Chevrolet
About 11:07 pm on November 8, motorist Brandon Cellini, 26, of Bridgeport, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck southward on Pine Tree Hill Road, as motorist Michael Ferrucci, 57, of Woodbury, was driving a 2019 BMW M-850-XI coupe northward on Pine Tree Hill Road, police said.
As it was negotiating an uphill curve to the right, the BMW crossed over the road’s center line and collided with the Chevrolet in a crash which damaged both vehicles’ left front ends and both vehicles’ driver’s sides, according to police. A passenger in the Chevrolet was checked at the scene by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, but refused transport to a hospital.
Ferrucci received an infraction for failure to maintain the proper lane.
At about 7:51 am on November 7, motorist Kimberly Orellana-Matamoros, 29, of Milford, who was driving a 2013 Ford Escape SUV on South Main Street, near Elizabeth Street, stopped for traffic conditions and was then struck from behind by motorist Maxell Castro, 30, of Greenfield, Mass., who was driving a 2013 BMW 328-XI auto, police report.
There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Castro for following too closely.
In wet conditions about 6:34 pm on November 7, on westbound Interstate 84, west of Exit 9, motorist Rajeev Sinha, 50, of Bethel, who was driving a 2006 Toyota Scion, and trucker Maninder Singh, 26, of Fresno, Calif., who was driving a 2020 Volvo truck, were involved in a sideswipe accident, state police said. There were no injuries.
But there were conflicting statements from the drivers, a lack of witnesses to the incident, and a lack of physical evidence, so fault could not be determined. State police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact Trooper Jonathan Wildman at Troop A at 203-267-2200.
Police said that at about 10:26 am on November 7, they received a report informing them that there was a woman sitting in the driver’s seat of a gray 2001 Volvo V-70 station wagon parked on the side of the road on Flat Swamp Road, near its intersection with Poverty Hollow Road.
Police went there to investigate and found there were some automotive fluids on the roadway, leading them to suspect that the vehicle had been involved in an accident.
Police said their investigation found that motorist Teresa M. Jennings, 56, of Brookfield, had driven off a roadway in Redding and then struck a large rock, after which Jennings continued traveling northward into Newtown before stopping on Flat Swamp Road. There were no injuries.
Police said they charged Jennings with driving under the influence. After arrest processing, she was released on $500 bail for a November 21 court appearance.
Police report a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Sugar Street and Elm Drive about 7:42 am on November 6.
The collision involved motorist Kimberly Ann Luhcs, 24, of Beacon, N.Y., who was driving a 2017 Subaru Impreza auto, and motorist Katharine Kessler-Santos, 38, of Monroe, who was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla sedan, police said. There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Luhcs for failure to grant the right of way..
Tractor-Trailer And Prius
State police report that at about 6:45 pm on November 6, a 2013 Toyota Prius driven by Tomas Teixeira, 20, of Middlebury, on eastbound Interstate 84, near Exit 11, made an unsafe lane change and struck a 2002 Freightliner tractor-trailer truck driven by Carlton Smith, 65, of Bensalem, Penn.
There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Teixeira for making an unsafe lane change.
Big Truck/Small Car
At about 7:48 am on November 5, on westbound Interstate 84, east of Exit 11, a 2020 Freightliner tractor-trailer truck driven by James Joseph Schmidt, 76, of Martinsburg, W.Va., veered and struck a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Madison Marciniak-Haynosch, 27, of Higganum, state police said.
There were no injuries. State police verbally warned Schmidt for failure to drive in the proper lane.
State police report that they spotted a motorcyclist traveling more than 100 miles per hour on westbound Interstate 84, near Exit 14, in Southbury, after which the motorcyclist entered Newtown and proceeded to the Exit 11 area, at about 1 pm on November 4.
State police attempted to stop the motorcyclist with their emergency lights flashing and sirens sounding, but the motorcyclist sped up and got away.
An investigation determined the person’s identity, state police said. Motorcyclist Julius Bastien, 31, of Waterbury, then surrendered to state police at Troop A in Southbury and was charged with reckless driving, disobeying a police officer’s signal, and driving a motorcycle without a motorcycle license. He was released on $1,000 bail for a November 19 court appearance.
A two-vehicle accident occurred at the busy intersection of Berkshire Road and Wasserman Way about 5:34 pm on November 4.
Involved in the collision were motorist Mikayla Louise Kuligowski, 21, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2017 Honda Accord, and motorist Rena Baeza Dobrydnio, 72, of Newtown, who was driving a 2018 Honda HR-V SUV, police said. There were no injuries. Kuligowski was verbally warned for passing on the right.
About 12:28 am on November 1, during wet conditions, motorist Charles Aldrich, 21, of Shelton, who was driving a 1997 Honda Accord auto eastward on Berkshire Road, near Zoar Road, went off the right road shoulder, struck a residential mailbox at #98 Berkshire Road, and then hit an embankment, police said.
There were no injuries. Police verbally warned Aldrich for making a restricted turn.