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Crash Kills State Worker
by Staff | Sep 9, 2013 2:52 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
A crash in upper Westville left a 34-year-old father and state worker dead.
The crash occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Fountain Street and Seneca Road.
Brian McCarthy of Naugatuck (pictured), a state worker and father from Naugatuck who used to be an EMT with Campion Ambulance, was riding a motorcycle west on Fountain when an elderly female driver traveling in the opposite direction tried to turn her car onto Seneca Road. She crashed into McCarthy, who died hours later at Yale-New Haven Hospital from chest injuries, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman. “The New Haven Police Crash Investigation Unit is conducting an investigation,” Hartman reported.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
• Two officers “saw a silver gun inside” the glove compartment of a car whose driver they’d stopped for running a red light at Winthrop and Whalley to get out of his car around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. They drew their guns. They ordered the driver and his passenger out of the car.
“It’s a lighter,” insisted the driver, a 19-year-old New Haven man.
The officers handcuffed the driver and his passenger and checked out the gun. It was a lighter!
The officers then searched the rest of the car—and found 33 bags of marijuana, a “large double-bladed knife,” and $700 “suspiciously divided into increments that strongly suggest street level drug sales.” They were arrested on multiple drug and driving charges. But not on gun charges.
• Dwight/West River beat cop Milton DeJesus (pictured) took another illegal gun off the street, after a chase.
He and fellow officer Patrick Bengtson conducted the chase after two men, one with a silver gun visible in his waistband, fled from a stop near Elm and Kensington streets around 3:43 a.m. Friday.
DeJesus jumped a fence, then shot his Taser at the armed man, who fell to the ground. “He reached for the gun,” but the officers got to him first. They retrieved a ” loaded .40 caliber, semi-automatic Taurus handgun. They arrested the 24-year-old man, who turned out to have been released from jail a day earlier after serving time for a felony.