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Holiday Highway Death Reported In Wrong-Way Crash, CT State Police Say

Connecticut State Police are reporting one highway death this holiday weekend.
Connecticut State Police are reporting one highway death this holiday weekend. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

Connecticut State Troopers are reporting one highway death this Labor Day holiday weekend after a wrong-way driver on I-91 died in a head-on crash.

The fatal crash occurred at about 2:45 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 91 south near Exit 15 in Wallingford, according to NBC Connecticut.

Concetta Getman, a 77-year-old from Meriden, was driving north in the southbound lanes, police told NBC.

She died of her injuries at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the occupants of the other car were taken to Hartford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, NBC Connecticut said.

Over the long Labor Day holiday weekend, State Police are reporting these highway statistics 12:01 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Monday:

  • Speeding: 765
  • Seat belt violations: 31
  • Total moving violations: 1812 (including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cell phone, texting, etc.)
  • DUI arrests: 36
  • Accidents: 326 investigated, 53 with injury and one fatal

For comparison, here are the 2016 Labor Day weekend enforcement statistics:

  • Speeding: 1,699
  • Seatbelt violations: 165
  • Total moving violations: 3,552 (including unsafe lane change, following too closely, cellphone/texting, etc.)
  • DUI arrests: 51
  • Accidents: 283 Investigated, 43 with injury and no fatalities

State police have increased enforcement for the long Labor Day holiday. The enforcement period started at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will run through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Troopers are focusing on drunken driving violations, aggressive drivers, distracted drivers and speeding. Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols are also in place over the entire weekend.

Click here for the story at NBC Connecticut.

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