Retired officer killed, two extricated in serious 3-vehicle crash on Rt. 59 in Easton


EASTON, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died and two were seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on Route 59 in Easton late Tuesday afternoon.

Police received several calls just after 5 p.m. reporting the crash on Route 59 between Maple Road and Judd Road.

Investigators said a 2014 Jeep Patriot was traveling northbound on Rt. 59 when it crossed the double yellow and sideswiped a 2019 Hyundai Sonata. The Jeep continued north in the southbound lane where it impacted with a 2019 Nissan Sentra.

Police were first to arrive on the scene, where they found 84-year-old Kenneth Lowman, of Monroe, unresponsive and a citizen administering CPR. EMS and fire crews later arrived on the scene to provide additional treatment to the victim. Lowman was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He retired from the Stamford Police Department on April 22, 1984 after serving 22 years as a police officer.

The Easton fire department had to extricate two other passengers from their vehicles. The two were also sent to the hospital with serious injuries. They were still hospitalized as of Friday, Nov. 27.

The investigation is ongoing. Search Warrants are being obtained so investigators can do mechanical inspections of the vehicles and a thorough search of the interiors.

“The car’s computer, known as the Event Data Recorder (EDR), will also be examined,” police said in a release. “The EDR provides information such as speed, turning radius, braking power, seat belt usage, airbag deployment, shifter position and other data. These searches along with the physical evidence obtained at the scene will be used to determine the cause of the accident.

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