Three killed, including toddler, in head-on collision on Route 34 in Seymour


SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH) — Three people were killed in a head-on vehicle crash on Route 34 (Roosevelt Drive) in Seymour between Buckingham Road and River Bend Road late Wednesday evening.

The area was closed after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, and it reopened just after 6:30 a.m. early Thursday morning. Broken glass and tire marks are what’s left at the scene.

Seymour police told News 8 the three victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims have been identified as 28-year-old Shanea Leary, of West Haven, who was the driver, and 35-year-old Nicole Gibson, of Ansonia. The toddler was identified as the 4-year-old daughter of the driver.

“I went down there. There were two cars, and I saw them actually pull one of the bodies out, and cover it. It was very, very sad,” Jonica Karpel of Seymour.

The driver of the other vehicle involved was extricated by fire crews and taken to Bridgeport Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. She was identified as Nicole Ruschmeyer.

This crash is still under investigation but speed is considered to be a factor.

“I was speaking to one of the neighbors, she has lived here for 30 years, and she says there have been quite a few accidents down there,” Karpel added.

The First Selectwoman’s office released a statement Thursday regarding the fatal crash, saying,

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and victims of the fatal car crash that happened last night. To our First Responders, the past few months our town has been hit hard. Please know the Officials of this town and the residents appreciate all you do. We understand the amount of pressure and stress you are all under in these unusual circumstances, your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for your professionalism and dedication in your respective fields.

First Selectwoman Annmarie Drugonis

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