Hamden woman dies, New Haven police officer seriously injured in I-91 wrong way crash

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A Hamden woman has died and a New Haven police officer was seriously injured in a wrong way head-on collision on Interstate 91 in New Haven, late Thursday night. 

Connecticut State Police say that just before midnight, 29-year-old Thomas Murray, of Cheshire, was traveling north in the left center lane of I-91, near exit 7. During that time, 27-year-old Katherine Gavidia was driving south, the wrong way, at the same location. The two vehicles then collided head on. 

Both Murrary and Gavidia were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated by fire crews. 

Gavidia died from her injuries at the scene.

Murray, a New Haven Police Officer, was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where he remains in serious condition. Police say he is undergoing surgeries for bilateral compound fractures of both legs, multiple fractures to his pelvis, many broken ribs and several other injuries. 

“The New Haven Police Department was saddened upon hearing of the serious injuries sustained by Officer Thomas Murray. Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to him and his family during histime of recovery. We also wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the woman killed in this tragic crash and pray for comfort for all those affected by this sad event,” said Chief Anthony Campbell, who was with Murray’s family overnight at the hospital.

According to police, Murray was on his way home from the department in his 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, just having finished his shift.

The Connecticut State Police Department shutdown I-91 northbound lanes at exits 6 through 8 for several hours Friday morning for the investigation. The highway has since reopened to traffic. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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