Emergency personnel are often in danger when they respond to accidents. When weather conditions are poor, these dangers increase exponentially. This week, a 25-year-old Belchertown woman slammed into the back of a Connecticut state trooper’s cruiser that has stopped to assist at the scene of an accident on an on-ramp to I-91.
The pavement was wet from recent fall rains and when the driver, Melissa Sullivan of Belchertown, Ct., saw the flashing lights she applied her brakes. However, due to her sudden braking, excessive speed and the slickness of the road her car did not stop and instead hit the rear of Trooper Joseph E. Smigel Jr.’s cruiser. Both vehicles were reported to have sustained minor damage.
After complaining of back and neck pain, Officer Smigel was transported to Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown where his condition was evaluated. Both the officer and the driver were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.
Sullivan has been charged with driving too fast for conditions.
As we recently reported, excessive speed is responsible for a large portion of our nations traffic accidents and the related fatalities and injuries. The staff and attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren hope that the officer is well on his way to making a full and complete recovery.