|STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAR vs PEDESTRIAN (TROOPER) ACCIDENT
I 95 Northbound exit 59 - 61,
On Sunday, March 1, 2009 at approximately 9:13 p.m. Connecticut State Trooper Mark Farotti assigned to Troop-F in Westbrook was responding to a report of a two car collision on I-95 eastbound near exit 61. While Tpr. Farotti was enroute to the crash just north of exit 59 in
Trooper Farotti positioned his state police cruiser in the median with his emergency lights activated to warn on-coming traffic. To attempt to “right” the vehicle, Trooper Farotti temporarily closed the eastbound side of the highway I-95 to all traffic to allow the operator of the “spun-out” vehicle to turn it around and travel in the proper direction.
After bringing all traffic to a halt Trooper Farotti was standing on the hash marks separating the right and left travel lanes facing in a northerly direction. All traffic was stopped when suddenly a dark colored vehicle attempted to pass Trooper Farotti in the left lane. The passenger side front of the dark colored vehicle struck Trooper Farotti throwing him into the right lane. That dark vehicle continued east on I 95 and fled the scene.
All police agencies were made aware that a Trooper had been struck and all attempts to locate the evading vehicle were unsuccessful. No witnesses to this accident were located at the scene and no further description of the evading vehicle is known.
It was snowing at the time of the collision and the roadways were slick. Trooper Farotti was transported by ambulance to
Anyone with any information is asked to please contact
LT. J. Paul Vance
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