Man charged with negligent homicide in Shelton accident

James Steinmetz, 34, of Monroe
James Steinmetz, 34, of Monroe

A 34-year-old Monroe man has been charged by Shelton police with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and failure to yield while turning left for his alleged role in a 2012 vehicle accident that led to the death of a motorcyclist.

James Steinmetz, 34, of Flint Ridge Road, Monroe, turned himself into police on July 10 based on an arrest warrant. Steinmetz later was released on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby state court on July 23.

The accident involving Steinmetz occurred on July 8, 2012 on Leavenworth Road (Route 110) at the driveway entrance to the KellyNick LLC/Mont’s Mart, which is near the White Hills Shopping Center and Maple Avenue/East Village Road intersection.

The accident caused the death of Adam Haydu, 30, of Monroe, who had been driving a motorcycle. Steinmetz had been in a motor vehicle.

Accident happened in the evening

On July 8, 2012 at about 7:15 p.m., Shelton police received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting an accident with injuries between a vehicle and a motorcycle on Leavenworth Road at the Mont’s Mart driveway entrance.

The vehicle was traveling west on Leavenworth Road and the motorcycle was traveling east on Leavenworth Road. Police said the vehicle’s driver made a left turn toward the driveway of Mont’s Mart and in the process collided with the motorcycle.

There were no other occupants in the car or on the motorcycle, according to police. Both the vehicle and the motorcycle sustained extensive damage.

Motorcyclist taken to hospital

Shelton police, fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene. Haydu, the driver of the motorcycle, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by EMS to Bridgeport Hospital in critical condition. Eleven days later, on July 19, Haydu died from his injuries.

Steinmetz, age 33 at the time, sustained minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital for any treatment.

The Shelton Police Department Traffic Division’s Reconstruction Team, with assistance from the Trumbull Police Traffic Division, was called to investigate the accident. The roadway was closed for about five hours for post-accident investigative work.

During the investigation, the Shelton Police Traffic Division (203-924-1544) sought any witnesses or persons with additional information on the accident.