PD: Monroe mother, son; Derby teen killed in separate Seymour crashes
SEYMOUR — A mother and son from Monroe and a teen from Derby were identified by police Saturday as the victims of two separate, serious crashes in town Friday.
The first crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. Friday in the area of 179 Roosevelt Drive. The crash catapulted a vehicle into the Housatonic River with two people still inside.
Tim Willis, of the Seymour Fire Department, said the Roosevelt Drive call was a “large, complex scene with responders from many jurisdictions.”
Seymour Assistant Fire Chief Chris Edwards called for additional resources to the scene quickly, Willis said, and firefighters immediately worked to reach the vehicle.
“They commandeered a resident’s boat and crews entered the water in both life jackets and rescue suits,” Willis said.
The fire department used a winch to drag the SUV closer to shore, where Willis said a female victim and male victim were rescued from the vehicle. Initial dispatch reports indicated they were pulled from the vehicle around 4:30 p.m.
Dive teams confirmed there was no one else inside, Willis said.
Officials later confirmed the two victims pulled from the SUV in the river died.
On Saturday, Deputy Police Chief Roberto Rinaldi identified the victims as 54-year-old Connie Crowell and her 22-year-old son, John Crowell. They lived in Monroe.
Rinaldi said medics gave the two medical care on scene, but “resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful” and they were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Crews remained on the water investigating for hours Friday night. The investigation continues. Rinaldi asked any witnesses to call 203-881-7638.
But once crews cleared from the Housatonic River call, there were two more crashes in Seymour on Friday night — one of which involved a fatality, the fire department said.
Around 10:30 p.m., fire units and medics responded to Clinton Road to help police on scene with a crash. Willis said a vehicle had “gone off the road and rolled over.”
One male victim was trapped inside the car, Willis said. He said medics pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Fire crews remained on scene to remove the victim from the wreckage until about 4:30 a.m., Willis said.
Rinaldi identified the victim Saturday as 18-year-old Richard Ciardi of Derby.
“Initial investigation shows the vehicle Ciardi was operating was traveling southbound on Clinton Road when, for an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed overinto the northbound lane, struck a tree and went down an embankment, where it came to a rest,” Rinaldi said.
He said this crash remains under investigation as well, and asked any witnesses to call 203-881-7610.