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linkTwo killed in car crash on Long Ridge
By Zach Lowe
Published July 27 2005
STAMFORD -- Two people were killed last night and one person critically injured in a horrific head-on collision between two cars traveling on Long Ridge Road, police and fire officials said.
The 72-year-old male driver of a 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible was pronounced dead at the scene near 1400 Long Ridge Road shortly after 9:30 p.m., officials said.
Firefighters from Turn of River Fire Department extricated the Chrysler's two passengers: the driver's 58-year-old wife and a 23-year-old male.
The woman, who was not conscious during the rescue, was transported to Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., where she was pronounced dead on arrival, Turn of River Fire Chief Ray Whitbread said.
The other passenger was listed in extremely critical condition early this morning at Stamford Hospital, said Sgt. Andrew Gallagher, head of the police department's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad.
Gallagher said the other car involved in the crash was a 2002 BMW X5 sport-utility vehicle. The driver of that car, a 32-year-old woman, was taken to Stamford Hospital with what appeared to be nonlife-threatening injuries, he said.
Police did not identify the victims late last night.
Police said it was unclear what caused the crash or what direction each car was traveling. Police said they were treating the crash area as a crime scene last night.
Police blocked off Long Ridge Road between the Merritt Parkway and the New York state border. Emergency personnel from Pound Ridge, N.Y., assisted at the scene.
Whitbread, who drove the ambulance to Valhalla, said the decision to take the Chrysler's passenger to Westchester County Medical Center was made by medics at the scene.
The Chrysler came to a stop at the edge of the southbound side of Long Ridge Road. The front of the car was smashed in all the way to the windshield, making it appear as if only half the car remained.
The BMW lay flipped over on the northbound side of the road, its hazard lights flashing.
The crash remains under investigation, police said.
-- Norwalk Editor Peter Davenport contributed to this story.
Copyright © 2005, Southern Connecticut Newspapers, Inc.
Well that was a few months ago, In today’s paper there was an update on the case and what is going on.
Also as a weird twist of fate, My friends family that moved to Florida, was friends with the people killed.
fromSecond-grade teacher arrested in car crash that killed 3
By Eve Sullivan
Published September 27 2005
STAMFORD -- A second-grade teacher has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk, crossing the double yellow line and killing three people in a head-on collision on Long Ridge Road in July.
Tricia Coccomo, 32, of 235 W. Haviland Lane, Stamford, was charged with three counts of second-degree manslaughter and three counts of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle. The second charge alleges driving while intoxicated.
If convicted, she faces up to 60 years in prison.
Coccomo, who has been teaching at Stamford's International School at Rogers Magnet Elementary since 2002, was put on paid administrative leave at the start of the school year.
"She will require time and energy to focus on the charges, and we don't feel the teaching environment would be the best place for her while she does that," said Carlton Moody, assistant superintendent for human capital development for Stamford Public Schools. "It would be a distraction for her and the school community."
Coccomo's attorney, Michael Sherman, said she surrendered Friday and posted a $50,000 bond. She was released for an Oct. 6 court appearance.
"She's naturally anxious," Sherman said. "These cases don't get any more serious than this, and we have to wait to see what unfolds."
Police say Coccomo was driving north on Long Ridge Road just south of Den Road in a 2002 BMW X5 sport utility vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. July 26 when she crossed onto the southbound side of the road and struck a 2004 Chrysler Sebring convertible.
The other driver, James Inverno, 72, of 2054 Long Ridge Road, was declared dead at the scene. His wife, Barbara Inverno, 58, was transported to the Westchester County Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., where she died.
Glenn Shelley, 23, of Buttonball Trail, Norwalk, their back-seat passenger, was ejected from the convertible. He was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he died.
The top was up on the convertible, but no one in the car was wearing seat belts, police said. Coccomo, who was only slightly hurt, was buckled up, they said.
Sgt. Andrew Gallagher, head of the Stamford Police Department's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Squad, issued a statement yesterday but did not disclose Coccomo's blood-alcohol content. Speed does not appear to have been a factor, Gallagher said.
James and Barbara Inverno were the parents of twin 30-year-old sons, Thomas and Timothy, who were with them minutes before the crash.
According to an attorney for the twins, Burt Hoffman, the Invernos left their home and were heading to a diner with Shelley, an employee of James Inverno's business, Springdale Fuel Oil Co.
Thirty minutes later, police arrived at their door with the news of the crash, Hoffman said. In the days after the crash, the sons learned that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, he said.
Hoffman said the Invernos are grieving and hope the courts will mete out justice.
"If it's proved to be alcohol-related, they hope they can set an example," he said.
Though James Inverno was the sole proprietor of his fuel company, one of his sons will keep the business operating, Hoffman said.
"Tom worked with him and was totally dependent on him," the attorney said. "Now, he has to pick up the business and learn it without his father's guidance and it's extremely difficult."
Steven Jacobs, a New Haven attorney for Karen Seeley, Shelley's mother, said she is going through a difficult time.
"She is devastated," Jacobs said. "It's been a horrific experience for her."
Especially tragic for Seeley, who has a younger son, is that her husband, Shelley's father, was killed in a car accident in Philadelphia about 10 years ago caused by drunken driving, Jacobs said.
"She has had this terrible feeling of deja vu, which makes her experience of losing a child to a drunk-driving accident even more devastating than it would have already been," Jacobs said.
Seeley has filed a civil claim against Coccomo, Jacobs said. The Invernos have not taken civil action against Coccomo because they have to clear up some legal issues, their attorney said.
Before Coccomo was hired as a full-time teacher, she did substitute teaching and was a student teacher in Stamford, Moody said. Moody said school officials will evaluate her situation continually.
"This is something we are concerned about, and we will be actively monitoring it," he said.
Moody said inquiries from staff members and parents are likely, and school officials want to handle the questions while respecting Coccomo's privacy.
As for the students, Moody said they are young and he's not sure whether they will ask questions.
"It's hard for them to comprehend," he said.