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New Milford woman dies after Brookfield accident

Updated 5:23 pm, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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A 31-year-old New Milford woman died Monday, Dec. 16, at Danbury Hospital after she was involved in one of a series of accidents involving four vehicles that closed Route 25 in Brookfield for more than four hours.

Erin M. Morrarty was struck by a vehicle after getting out of her car to exchange insurance information with the driver of another car she had sideswiped moments earlier, police said.

That car had been parked on the side of the road after an earlier collision.

All four of the vehicles involved in the three crashes were headed south.

A preliminary investigation indicated glare from the early morning sun may have affected visibility for the drivers, police said.

The accidents occurred about 200 feet north of Farview Road, beginning shortly before 8:11 a.m.

Police said the first crash involved a Chevrolet van that stopped for a school bus and was rear-ended by a second vehicle, a Toyota Corolla.

No injuries resulted from that accident, and both moved to the side of the road, where Morrarty's Honda Fit sideswiped the Corolla, damaging the side mirror.

Morrarty parked her car and walked back to exchange information with the operator of the Toyota when the fourth vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee operated by 24-year-old Ryan Derrig of Brookfield hit the left rear of the Toyota, pinning her between it and the Chevrolet van, police said.

She was taken to Danbury Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The accident is under investigation.

Erin Morrarty and her husband, Brian, were members of a darts league at Fast Eddie's Cafe in New Milford.

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