Woman killed in crash on Merritt Parkway

A 59-year-old Easton woman was killed in the crash that closed off part of the Merritt Parkway in Trumbull on Monday.

Pamela Maestri-Howes, of Wilson Drive, died in a two-vehicle crash near southbound Exit 50 shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday. The crash led State Police to close part of the roadway on Monday to investigate the fatal accident.

Starting around 9:30 a.m., troopers closed the southbound and northbound lanes of the parkway between Exits 50 and 49 for about 30 minutes to continue their investigation and take measurements.

According to State Police, Maestri-Howes was driving southbound in the left lane when her 2004 Ford Explorer came into contact with a 2008 Mercedes E350 traveling in the right lane.

Her vehicle lost control, struck the wooden beam guardrail on the right shoulder where it then proceeded across the right and left lanes.

Her vehicle then rolled over and “ejected the operator over the median where she came to a final rest on the northbound side of Rt. 15,” the accident report stated.

Maestri-Howes was transported by Trumbull EMS to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

According to online records, Maestri-Howes and her husband, Scott Howes, lived on a fairly quiet street in Easton, where most of the houses sits on large pieces of property. Howes could not be reached for comment Monday.

The home where the couple reportedly lived is bordered by a wooden fence, which leads to a gate. Monday afternoon, the gate had a “Private Property” sign hanging on it.

A neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, said she didn’t know the couple well but “they’re great neighbors.”

The woman said Maestri-Howes’s death is a blow to the community.

“It’s devastating — just a shock,” she said.

The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash, identified as Joseph Tetu, 26, of Trumbull, complained of minor injuries, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

If anyone witnessed this accident or has any information pertaining to it, is asked to call Trooper Gregory LeBeau at Troop G in Bridgeport at 203-696-2500.

Staff writer Amanda Cuda contributed to this report.