Man who died in Route 8 accident in Shelton is identified

A North Carolina man was killed in an early-morning motor vehicle accident on Route 8 northbound in Shelton, leading to detours and delays in the Monday morning commute due to the police investigation.

Fausto I. Rivera, 20, of 2818 Best Road, Apt. A, Greenville, N.C., was a passenger in a 2000 Acura being driven by a Bridgeport man when the car struck a tree located off the right shoulder, north of Exit 13 (Constitution Boulevard South).

Rivera, who was sitting in the back seat, was ejected from the vehicle and located about 25 feet away from the car by emergency personnel, according to a State Police report.

First responders determined Rivera to be deceased at the scene at slightly before 2 a.m.

The accident occurred about a half hour earlier, at around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, April 6.

The Shelton Police Department, Shelton's Echo Hose Fire and Shelton's Echo Hose Ambulance (EMS) were among the emergency agencies that responded to the scene.

“Squad 1 (Echo Hose Fire) operating at a serious motor vehicle accident Route at 8 north. Highway will be shut down at Exit 13 for several hours,” stated an Echo Hose Fire Twitter posting sent out at 1:37 a.m.

Detour was set up

State Police closed down the highway in the northbound direction in that area for an extended period due to the investigation, with traffic being detoured onto local roads, re-entering Route 8 north at Exit 14 (Howe Avenue).

The vehicle’s driver and other passenger were taken to Bridgeport Hospital with non-threatening injuries, stated the State Police report.

Airbags didn’t deploy

According to the report, the driver was a 29-year-old Bridgeport man and the other passenger was a 29-year-old Stratford man.

The report states the vehicle “was traveling at a high rate of speed” when the driver “lost control,” the car hit the tree, and the vehicle “then came to an uncontrolled final rest in the right shoulder.”

The car’s airbag did not deploy. The driver had his shoulder belt on for protection, according to the report, but it was undetermined whether Rivera or the other passenger were wearing seat and/or shoulder belts.