Connecticut State Police report four traffic fatalities on the roads they patrol over the long Memorial Day Weekend. Troopers investigated 260 crashes for the four-day period starting early Friday, including 18 involving injury and four involving fatalities– on Interstate 95 in Groton and Orange, Route 85 in Bolton, and Route 244 in Pomfret.
In Groton, State Police say Laura Lavazanjian, 27, of Setauket, New York was killed when she was thrown from a minivan that crashed on I-95 southbound about a mile north of Exit 88 around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The driver of the van, David Reidy, 27, of Newport, Rhode Island, was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, said troopers.
On Route 85 in Bolton, police say a crash in the area of Deer Run Road Saturday Morning killed Eric Mohamed, 18, of Manchester. Investigators say Mohamed was pronounced dead at the scene after the 1998 Volkswagen Jetta he was driving slammed into a tree.
A motorcyclist from Texas was killed Saturday afternoon on Route 244 in Pomfret, said police. Troopers say Christopher Corona, 23, of Houston failed to negotiate a curve and slammed head-on into an SUV.
The fourth fatality occurred Monday night on I-95 in Orange. State Police say Jose Nunez, 33, of Warrington, Pennsylvania died in a two vehicle crash on the southbound side of the highway near Exit 41.
State Police also report 70 drunken driving arrests over the holiday weekend, and the issuance of 978 seatbelt tickets and 2,013 speeding tickets.
During Memorial Day Weekend 2010, State Police reported one fatality on Connecticut roadways.