Woman dies in 3-car crash on Route 32
Published on 9/22/2009
Montville - State police are investigating an accident in which a 77-year old Norwich woman was killed Sunday afternoon.
The three-car accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. on Route 32 near the Route 2A intersection. Police said a Nissan Xterra, driven by Lisette Oblitas, 28, of Port Chester, N.Y., and a Toyota Sienna driven by Joap Ortiz, of 2 Alexander St., Norwich, were driving south on Route 32.
Police said the Nissan struck the Toyota, which crossed into the northbound lane and into the path of a Hyundai Elantra driven by Phyllis S. Porter, 77, of 370 Hamilton Ave., Norwich.
Porter suffered what police described as a severe head laceration. She was taken to The William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, then air lifted to Hartford Hospital where, police said, she died as a result of her injuries.
The Mohegan Fire Department ambulance, which transported Porter, also took Mercedes Ortiz, 44, of 2 Alexander Ave., Norwich to Backus.
Police said all three cars sustained heavy damage. The Toyota and the Hyundai were totaled police said.
Police a said the front end of the Nissan, which they said had just left the Mohegan Sun casino, was pushed back into the front wheels.
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Please be careful on Route 32, Route 2-A and I-95. It is dangerous out there. I don't know what a driver can do when someone comes across the highway at you, but I guess we have to figure out what we can do as drivers to prevent this. Is it dangerous on our roads? What do you think?
Our condolences to the family of Ms. Potter. We are sorry for your loss.
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