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Police Reports | December 24, 2016-January 4, 2017

Published: January 5, 2017

The Newtown Bee

Ford vs Signs

Police report that at about 11:19 am on December 24, while roadways were wet, motorist Adrian Ajdinoski, 17, of Newtown, who was driving a 1986 Ford Mustang southward on South Main Street, near Simm Lane, encountered slippery conditions and the auto began fishtailing, after which it spun about and struck several commercial signs alongside the road.

There were no injuries. Police said they issued Ajdinoski an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions and for driving a vehicle with unsafe tires.

 

Ford vs Subaru

Police report a two-vehicle accident about 1 pm on December 28 in the parking lot at Newtown Shopping Village, the shopping center at 6 Queen Street.

That low-speed collision involved a 2015 Ford Edge SUV driven by Christopher Murphy, 47, of Newtown, and a 2004 Subaru Legacy driven by Lynette Daria, 65, of Sandy Hook, according to police. There were no injuries. Police took no enforcement.

 

South Main Impact

At about 12:20 pm on December 28, motorist Jacob Rooney, 17, of Newtown, who was driving a 2007 Mazda 3 sedan southward on South Main Street, near Country Club Road, struck the rear end of a southbound 2004 Toyota Corolla sedan driven by Corliss Racsko, 55, of Monroe, according to police.

There were no injuries. Police report they issued Rooney a written warning for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

 

Tractor-Trailer Evading

State police said a 60-year-old woman was driving a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser SUV westward on Interstate 84 about 5 pm on December 29, when a tractor-trailer truck driven by an unknown driver changed lanes, and in doing so, sideswiped the Chrysler. The truck then kept traveling westward, state police said.

The woman was not injured. State police are investigating.

 

Icy Roadway

Police report that motorist Devin Peterson, 18, of Sandy Hook was driving a 1998 Dodge Durango SUV eastward on an icy Riverside Road, near Philo Curtis Road, at about 9:36 pm on December 29, when he lost control of the vehicle due to slippery road conditions, after which the SUV traveled off the right road shoulder and struck a large tree at 58 Riverside Road.

The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps transported Peterson to Danbury Hospital to be medically evaluated, police said. Sandy Hook volunteer firefighters responded to the incident.

Police said they verbally warned Peterson for traveling too fast for conditions.

 

Audi vs Tire

State police said motorist Gregory Horkachuck, 54, of Sandy Hook was driving a 2014 Audi A-4 2.0-Turbo Premium Quattro sedan westward on Interstate 84, near Exit 9, at about 7:37 pm on December 30, when the vehicle struck a tire that was lying on the roadway, damaging the Audi’s undercarriage. There were no injuries. State police took no enforcement.

 

Honda Off The Road

Motorist Dario Ramirez-Mora, 49, of The Bronx, N.Y., was driving a 1993 Honda Prelude auto eastward on Interstate 84, about 500 feet east of Exit 11, about 5:35 am on December 31, when the vehicle drove off the right road shoulder and struck some guardrailing, state police said.

There were no injuries. State police said they issued Ramirez-Mora an infraction for failure to maintain the travel lane and for failure to carry vehicle registration and/or insurance documents.

 

Four Motor Vehicle Charges

Police report that after they spotted an obstructed marker plate positioned on a vehicle, they stopped motorist Thomas Desmarias, 49, of Stratford to investigate near the intersection of Currituck Road and Parmalee Hill Road at about 9:10 pm on December 31.

Police said they found that what had appeared to be an actual marker plate actually was counterfeit marker plate made of paper. Police said they charged Desmarias with counterfeiting a marker plate, driving a vehicle without automotive insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, and failure to display a marker plate.

Desmarias was released on $500 bail for a January 11 arraignment in state Superior Court in Danbury.

 

Fitbit Found

Before noon on January 2, a person at Fairfield Hills found a lost wristband-style Fitbit-brand electronic fitness tracker at a parking lot there, which police are now holding for safekeeping.

The device’s owner can claim it by identifying it at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

 

Chevrolet vs Guardrail

Motorist Kimberly Scherer, 46, of Old Forge, Penn., who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt auto westward on Interstate 84, between Exits 10 and 9, at about 3:24 pm on January 2, braked in heavy traffic and then turned into the right lane, after which the vehicle went out of control and struck some guardrailing, state police said.

Passenger Cheryl Howard, 72, of Trucksville, Penn., received possible minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Danbury Hospital by Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, according to state police. Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteers firefighters also responded to the accident.

State police said they issued Scherer an infraction for failure to maintain the travel lane.

 

Four-Way Intersection

Police report a collision at the four-way intersection of Church Hill Road, Washington Avenue, Riverside Road and Glen Road about 7:45 am on January 3.

The collision involved motorist Katelyn Fournier, 21, of North Haven, who was driving a 2008 Saturn Vue SUV, and motorist Mark Roth, 60, of Southbury, who was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Astro van, police report. There were no injuries.

Police said they verbally warned Fournier for making a restricted turn.

 

Sandy Hook Center

Police report that at about 6:34 pm on January 3, a two-vehicle accident occurred on Glen Road at its intersection with Riverside Road, Washington Avenue and Church Hill Road.

In that incident, motorist Spencer Nadler, 25, of Sandy Hook, who was driving a 2010 Mazda 3 sedan, struck the rear end of a 2012 Buick Enclave SUV driven by Shilpa Sanganalmath, 36, of Southington, police said.

There were no injuries. Police report they verbally warned Nadler for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

 

Toyota vs Jeep

At about 3:52 pm on January 4, motorist Lais Murray, 64, of Danbury, who was driving a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, was waiting for a traffic signal on westbound Church Hill Road, near the Exit 10 ramps for westbound Interstate 84, when the Jeep was struck from behind by a westbound 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan driven by Charles Soto, 17, of Sandy Hook, according to police.

There were no injuries. Police said they gave Soto an infraction for failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

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