MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) – Norwich police say a city man was killed early Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was operating lost control and crashed. The accident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in the area of 74 West Thames Street. When officers arrived they found the operator, identified as 37-year-old Andre Ross, suffering from serious injuries.Ross was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later. Police said no other vehicles were involved in the accident. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has additional details is being asked to contact the Norwich Police Department at 860-886-5561.
VEHICLE DRIVES INTO OXOBOXO LAKE – OPERATOR RESCUED
Montville, Ct. – Montville police say a man was rescued around 6:30 Friday night after driving his vehicle in Oxoboxo Lake. Emergency responders reached the unidentified driver after a good samaritan, in a private boat saw the incident and pulled the driver out of the fully submerged vehicle. The driver was taken to Backus Hospital with unspecified injuries. It was not known what caused him to drive off the road.
TWO-CAR CRASH – MINOR INJURIES
Plainfield, Ct. – Plainfield police reported a two car crash around 3:15 Frday afternoon when a 2001 Chevy Cavalier traveling northbound collided with a 2015 Chevy Silverado attempting to turn onto Squaw Rock Road. Both drivers were transported to Backus Hospital In Plainfield for minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
THREE CAR CRASH – OPERATOR DRIVING WITH ADULT LEARNERS PERMIT
Plainfield, Ct. – Another accident in Plainfield, this time a 3 car crash around 10:30 friday morning on Norwich Road near Babcock Avenue. A car traveling northbound stopped to make a left hand turn and was struck from behind by a car that was pushed into it by a third vehicle driven by Deeonna Benoit-Bouchard. Two adults and three children were transported by ambulance to Backus Hospital in Norwich for unspecified injuries sustained. During the investigation it was learned that Bouchard was operating under an Adult Learner’s Permit with no licensed operator in the vehicle with her. Bouchard was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License and Following too Closely.
GROTON MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING FROM DECEASED IN-LAWS
Groton, Ct. – A Groton man has been arrested after being accused of stealing from the estate of his deceased in-laws that he was in charge of. Police began investigating suspicious activity associated with the estate at the request of the Groton Probate Court and determined that more than $1.2 million dollars had been stolen. Police say 68-year-old David Burrell was charged him with first-degree larceny, was released on$50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in New London on Aug. 1st.
‘AUTISM SPEAKS’ ADVOCATE CO-FOUNDER DIES
NEW YORK (AP) – A co-founder of the advocacy group Autism Speaks has died after helping build it into one of the leading voices for people with the developmental disorder. Suzanne Wright was 69. Organization spokeswoman Aurelia Grayson says Wright died of pancreatic cancer Friday at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut. She and her husband, former NBC Universal CEO Bob Wright, founded Autism Speaks in 2005 after their grandson’s diagnosis. The New York-based organization funds research, raises awareness and spotlights the needs of people with autism and their families. As part of her role, she appeared at events at the United Nations annually for eight years on World Autism Awareness Day. It’s April 2. She also helped spearhead Autism Speaks’ decade-long public service announcement campaign about early signs of the disorder.
US WOMENS BASKETBALL TEAM OVERWHELMS CANADA 83-43
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) – Diana Taurasi scored 14 points and Elena Delle Donne added 12 to help the U.S. women’s basketball team beat Canada 83-43 on Friday night in an exhibition game. After struggling in their first two exhibition games in the first half, the Americans jumped all over their neighbors to the north. The U.S. only had a three-point lead on the select team in their pre-Olympic tour opener Monday and led France by one Wednesday at the half. The Americans wouldn’t let that happen against Canada. Geno Auriemma started the five UConn alums much to the delight of the Connecticut fans who turned out in force to send off the Americans to the Rio Olympics next week. Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart struggled a little offensively when they were in, but defensively they shut down Canada. The Canadians missed 13 of their first 14 shots and couldn’t recover from the slow start, trailing by 13 after one quarter and 24 at the half.
91 YEAR OLD PASSENGER DIES IN BLOOMFIELD CAR CRASH
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) – Police say a 91-year-old person has died and another person was injured in a single-vehicle crash in Bloomfield. The crash occurred at about 8:30 a.m. Friday to the area of Simsbury Road and Mountain Road. Responding officers found the vehicle off the right side of the road. The driver was out of the vehicle, disoriented and the front passenger was in cardiac arrest. Both of the vehicle’s occupants were taken St. Francis Hospital where the 91-year-old passenger died. The 49-year-old driver was admitted to the ICU. Both crash victims are from West Hartford, but no names were immediately released. Witnesses told police that the driver had been exhibiting seizure-type activity.