Shelton Police assist in fatal Route 34 crash investigation

UPDATE — A 25-year-old Seymour woman was killed Monday when her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Route 34 in Derby.

Nicole C. McDonald of Housatonic Terrace was identified as the driver of the SUV involved shortly before 4 p.m. Monday. According to police, McDonald was driving a 2013 Toyota RAV4  westbound on Roosevelt Drive. The truck driver has been identified as Louis Ambioris Garcia, 28, of Syracuse New York. Garcia was driving a 2009 Volvo tractor trailer eastbound on Roosevelt Drive.

The accident remains under investigation. Route 34 was closed at the scene most of Monday morning but has since reopened.

Original story

Shelton Police are assisting area departments in a fatal car accident that happened Monday morning in Derby.

Police are withholding the name of a woman killed in a Monday morning car v. truck traffic accident pending notification. Route 34 remains closed in both directions at Lake View Terrace for the duration of the crash investigation, though police said they expect to reopen the road shortly.

Accident reconstruction teams from Derby and Shelton are investigating. A state truck squad has also been called in to remove the truck.

Early reports

A head-on crash between a tractor trailer and an SUV Monday morning left a woman dead and closed Route 34 in the vicinity of Lake View Terrace. The road remains closed with no timetable for reopening, according to Mayor Anthony Staffieri.

According to Staffieri, a woman driving an SUV westbound appears to have drifted into the eastbound lane at a sharp curve in the road. That section of road is the site of numerous serious crashes due to the curve and the stone outcropping that leaves virtually no room on the road’s shoulder.

“It looks like she may have been in the wrong lane and the truck driver swerved to avoid her, but the SUV went under the truck,” Staffier said. “It’s a mess.”

Staffieri said that as of 10:30 a.m., about two hours after the crash, the truck driver remained on-scene.

“He’s pretty shaken up, he’s just sitting in the back of a police car,” he said.

State police investigating the crash are trying to determine if the woman was texting while driving or if she simply failed to negotiate the curve, Staffieri said.

The driver has not been identified, and Staffieri said the damage to the vehicle was so extensive that he could not determine whether the SUV even had a Connecticut license plate.

“It’s in pieces, I just can’t tell,” he said.