Driver faces multiple charges after ‘hair-raising’ I-95 crash in Fairfield
Updated 1:12 pm, Friday, November 27, 2015
A Bridgeport man faces charges after State Police said he plowed into a car on Interstate 95 in Fairfield that had pulled over after an earlier Friday morning crash, suffering minor injuries while the drivers and troopers on the road’s shoulder escaped harm at a scene police called “hair-raising.”
The crash took place shortly ater 1 a.m. Friday, according to the report, just north of southbound Exit 19 in the Southport stretch of the highway, where two cars and a State Police cruiser were pulled over on the highway’s shoulder as a trooper investigated that earlier accident.
As a backup trooper was traveling to the cene, according to the report, he noticed a Nissan Maxima, traveling at “a high rate of speed” in front of him, which suddenly veered to the right and came “within inches of the cruiser in the right shoulder and violently striking one of the vehicles involved in the original two-vehicle accident.”
The Nissan was driven by Yoni Rojas, 21, of Pond Street in Bridgeport, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, State Police said. The drivers of the other two vehicle and the troopers, however, were not injured, according to the report.
Rojas was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, misuse of license plates, failure to meet minimum insurance coverage and failure to maintain lane. Bond was set at $2,500 and he was scheduled to appear later in the day at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.
The Fire Department dispatched Engine One, Ladder One and a command car to the scene, where firefighters deployed a hose and an extinguisher to contain the potential threat posed by a gasoline leak from one of the vehicles.