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Update: Naugatuck Man Killed In Seymour Crash
by STAFF | Oct 31, 2012 1:43 pm
Posted to: Seymour
A 20-year-old Naugatuck man was killed and three others were injured in a crash in Seymour early Wednesday, police said.
The one-car crash was reported at 1:09 a.m. on South Main Street near Pearl Street.
Seymour Police Lt. Paul Satkowski issued a press release Wednesday afternoon identifying the Naugatuck man killed in the crash as Korey Jordan, of Anderson Street in Naugatuck.
Speed and alcohol were factors in the accident, he said.
Police officers arriving at the scene of the crash found a single car facing south in the northbound lane of the street with heavy damage and four men inside, the press release said.
Jordan, the front seat passenger, was unconscious and had to be cut from the car by Seymour firefighters using specialized tools. Jordan was taken to Waterbury Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Two passengers in the backseat, Joseph Staffier, 20, of Hawkins Street in Derby, and a 17-year-old not identified by police, were also injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals with “non-life-threatening” injuries, the press release said. They are in fair condition.
The press release said a preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the car, Manuel Esteves, 20, of Meadfarm Road in Seymour, was driving north on South Main Street and passed another car “at a high rate of speed” in the area of Balkos Service Station before failing to negotiate the curve in the road near its intersection with Pearl Street.
The car then struck a utility pole head-on just after the intersection, the press release said.
Estevez sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“The accident remains under investigation by Seymour Police Department Accident Reconstruction personnel,” the press release concluded. “Speed and possible alcohol have been determined to be contributing factors to the accident. As of this time there are no criminal charges.”
At the scene Wednesday morning, police barricades blocked South Main Street to traffic from Pearl Street to Maple Street.
Sand and fluid absorbent covered much of the road near the intersection of South Main Street and Pearl Street.
Jon Livolsi, who lives on South Main Street near the site of the accident, said police were there investigating until about 7:30 a.m., when the car was towed from the scene.
He said it seemed speed was a factor in the accident.
“They had to be really zipping,” Livolsi said. “The nose of the car was pushed all the way to the firewall.”
“It was not a good scene,” said Livolsi, who has lived nearby since the 1960s. “That’s the first fatality we’ve ever seen here.”
Tragic and heartfelt news as sympathy is expressed to the families involved.
Even more tragic, it is totally unacceptable the Emergency Responders could not make the 4 mile trek from the scene to a GRIFFIN Hospital trauma unit verses the long ride to Yale and St Raphael’s Hospitals for which the injured were transported. Most of the population in the Valley area is well aware of GRIFFIN Hospital’s total incompetence lacking state of the art trauma medical practices and facilities in these demanding situations. They seriously need to provide a sustainable facility backed by professionals and own up to the liabilities involved.
I agree with Roger Vanderbuilt. My son was in a motorcycle on Derby Ave on 8/29/07. Took him to Griffin, took the driver of the bike with far less injuries to Bridgeport Trauma. My son was then transferred to Yale. He did not survive. Not saying that he would have if Griffin had a trauma unit, but still, It is too far of a ride to Bridgeport or Yale for seriously injuries in the Valley.
What you both need to understand is that Griffin hospital has never been a primary Emergency facility, yes they have an ER but their’s isn’t for serious life threatening injuries. Hence why they normally get the Helicopter ride to Yale or St. Raph’s from there.
Suuurree blame the hospital, don’t blame the driver for speeding, or all of them for underage drinking. Luckily there was a hurricane and no one else was out driving around for those irresponsible children to hurt!
Hey Jamie why don’t you keep your negativity to yourself? Because I highly doubt you know any of the people involved in this accident. Didn’t your parents teach you, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all? A lot of people were tragically hurt over the loss of Korey Jordan, and the injuries of the others. You lack the common sense to realize there was one driver and that there was one irresponsible person “driving around”. Bring your poor attitude else where and grow a heart.
Rest In Peace Korey. You were my cousin, and I know our family will miss you greatly. You’re up in heaven with your grandmother, my grandmother, our great grandmother, our great grandfather, my aunt and many more who have passed before- all of who were taken before their time. You will be FOREVER loved and missed! <3