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3 Fatalities Reported On Connecticut Highways At Start Of Holiday Weekend

A woman charged with drunken driving slammed into a Connecticut state police cruiser on I-395 south overnight.
A woman charged with drunken driving slammed into a Connecticut state police cruiser on I-395 south overnight. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Three people had been killed in two crashes on Connecticut's highways as of Saturday afternoon, state police said. That makes this year's Memorial Day weekend more deadly than 2016.

One person died after being ejected from a car in a rollover crash on the southbound Wilbur Cross Parkway/Route 15 in Orange, the Connecticut Post said.

One person was injured in the crash at 4:35 p.m. Saturday between exits 57 and 56, the Post said.

In a second crash, Jose Diana, 25, and Mark Nunez, 21, both of Middletown, were killed Friday evening on I-91 in Rocky Hill, according to the Connecticut Post.

Their car, traveling at a high rate of speed, slammed into the back of a car that was stopped in the left center lane due to heavy traffic from an earlier crash, the Post said.

The car spun out of control, and Diana and Nunez were pronounced dead at the scene, the Post said.

From midnight Friday until 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Connecticut State Police reported issuing 181 speeding tickets, 159 seatbelt infractions, and 387 other moving violations.

State police also made seven drunken-driving arrests.

Connecticut State Police also reminded drivers to slow down and move over after a van slammed into a cruiser stopped for traffic service with its lights activated.

The overnight crash happened at 1:02 a.m. Saturday in left lane of I-395 south, state police said.

The cruiser, which was working with DOT crews, was stopped in the left lane of three lanes just north of the Exit 43 in Killingly.

A Dodge Caravan traveling south rear-ended the stopped cruiser, state police said, causing heavy damage to both vehicles.

Both the trooper and the driver of the Dodge were transported to Day Kimball Hospital with minor injuries.

Stephanie Credit of Plainfield, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

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