Driver in fatal River Road crash turns herself in

A Shelton woman faces charges related to her alleged involvement in a fatal car crash that took place on River Road earlier this year.

On Thursday Aug. 11, Samantha Monaco, 23, surrendered to police and was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, using a cell phone while driving, and failure to drive right.

The arrest stems from the May 6 fatal head-on collision that took the life of Rosemarie Dwyer on River Road in Shelton.

Police said they determined Monaco was under the influence and was on her cell phone at the time of the crash.

In a statement released byShelton Police Lt. Robert Kozlowski, “It was also determined that Monaco crossed over into southbound lane of traffic causing the head on collision with Dwyer.”

Monaco was released on a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court inDerby Aug. 25.

Monaco has a history of vehicle violations as well as charges that are still pending. She was scheduled to appear in court to address the list of violations from 2014-15 on Aug. 11.

Monaco was charged with speeding/driving car over 70 miles per hour on Aug. 11, 2014; traveling unreasonably fast on Oct. 16, 2014; failure to drive in proper lane on Oct. 17, 2014; and charged Oct. 20, 2015, with engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving, failure to insure private motor vehicle, traffic control signal violations and failure to obey a stop sign.