A portion of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 691 was closed off for about four hours following a multiple-vehicle crash that killed a Waterbury man on March 9 in Cheshire. According to reports from the Department of Transportation, the highway was fully open later that evening, allowing traffic flow to resume where the accident took place between Exits 3 and 4. The investigation of the circumstances regarding the incident was ongoing, said authorities.
State police reported that the accident had involved three vehicles traveling in the right eastbound lane of Interstate 691.The highway had been experiencing congested traffic just ahead of the point where the vehicles were when the accident occurred. It was indicated by authorities that the third of the three eastbound vehicles struck the second vehicle in the rear. The second vehicle, operated by the Waterbury victim, collided with the car leading the three.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 65-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and was later identified by officials. It had been determined that he had been wearing his seat belt at the time of the incident, according to reports. The other two drivers, a 51-year-old New Haven male and a 51-year-old Hamden female, suffered injuries in the accident and were transported to nearby medical facilities for treatment. The 51-year-old male had been driving the vehicle that initiated the chain-reaction collision. The female driver had been the occupant of the leading vehicle. No reports of pending charges had been issued.
Fatal car accidents can have serious financial and emotional consequences for the victim's family. A lawyer may be able to review the details of the accident and prepare an argument on behalf of the family in the event that the case goes to trial.
Source: WFSB, "Police identify victim of deadly crash on I-691," Kaitlyn Naples, March 9, 2015