The family of a South Kent man is remembering him as a "loving father and grandfather."

"Dennis (Cavalleiro) was a very caring, very loving man," the deceased's wife, Maria Cavalleiro, said this week. "He loved to travel, often going to Spain, where I am originally from."

Dennis Cavalleiro, 52, was killed Christmas Eve when his Dodge Neon struck a pickup truck on Route 341, east of Kent village.

Mr. Cavalleiro, who lived within minutes of the crash site, was traveling east on Route 341 (Segar Mountain Road) when he failed to maintain his lane while negotiating a curve, the police report said.

He entered the westbound lane and was struck on the driver-side door by a GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Stacy Miles, 42, of Spooner Hill Road, police said. The accident occurred at approximately 2:37 p.m.

State police said Monday that, given day time temperatures the day of the accident, road conditions would not being considered a factor.

It was noted by Mr. Cavalleiro's wife, Maria, however, there was a patch of ice on the hill below where the vehicles had impacted. The ice patch had been sanded earlier that afternoon by the DOT, she said.

"There was a patch of ice there that had been a problem for days," Maria Cavalleiro said Saturday. "We saw the patch on Wednesday when we were driving with our 20-month-old granddaughter in the car. We talked about how someone was going to have an accident there. Then it was my husband, the next day."

Mr. Cavalleiro was extricated from his vehicle Dec. 24 by members of the Kent Volunteer Fire Department.

He was being transported to New Milford Hospital when he died from his head injuries. He was pronounced dead by ambulance paramedics, police said. Life Star was called to the scene, but Mr. Cavalleiro had died before he could be transported.

No charges have been filed. The accident remains under investigation, police said Monday.

Mr. Cavalleiro had worked as a mail delivery person through the New Milford Post Office until he suffered a debilitating injury nine years ago, his wife said. He worked as a printer for 20 years at Danbury Printing & Lithography prior to working at the post office.