Thursday, March 25, 2010

Driver Runs Red at Derby and Boulevard (Again), Two More Hospitalized

See here for excellent reporting by Tom MacMillan at the New Haven Independent. The photo at left was taken by Paul Bass of the Independent.

At around 1 a.m. on Thursday, there was a car accident at the intersection of Derby Avenue and Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. Witnesses told police that a Honda Accord sped through the intersection, ignoring the traffic signal, and hit another car. The driver, a 24-year-old man was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with serious injuries. The car’s passenger, also 24 years old, was taken to Hospital of St. Raphael with non-life-threatening head injuries. No one else suffered major injuries in the accident.

The crash occurred near the same location where there have been over a dozen deaths & severe injuries just in the past few years. Red light running has been identified as a major concern at the State Legislature, with groups such as the Connecticut Livable Streets Campaign proposing legislation enabling Connecticut municipalities to use automated cameras (already widely-used in hundreds of other U.S. cities) that issue parking tickets to violators.

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