State trooper, 3 others recovering from I-95 crash
FAIRFIELD — As a state trooper and three others recover from a three-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, police are asking drivers to be aware of their surroundings, especially when emergency vehicles parked on the side of the highway.
The trooper, Gregory Sawicki, 29, had stopped to help a driver whose car that was broken down on the median of Interstate 95 when a third vehicle veered into the left shoulder and struck the parked cruiser, state police said.
The 2017 Ford Taurus cruiser was then pushed into the back of car that had broken down, trapping Sawicki and the driver of the third vehicle, according to state police. The Fairfield Fire Department extricated the trooper and the driver.
The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday about a quarter mile south of Exit 22 on I-95, state police said. The section between between Exits 21 and 22 were closed for about five hours afterward, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Sawicki was sent to Bridgeport Hospital for serious, but not life-threatening injuries, state police. The driver of the third car, Joseph Buzzanca, 32, went to St. Vincent’s Medical Center for minor injuries, according to state police.
The driver of the disabled car, Carmen Cisneros, 25, of Woodbridge, Va., and her passenger, Jose Martin Guerrero, 22, of Bronx, N.Y. went to St. Vincent’s for minor injuries, state police said.
“We asked that you keep all involved parties in your thoughts and we hope to use this as a reminder to all drivers to be aware of your surroundings. Obey all traffic law but most importantly slow down and move over when you see any emergency vehicle parked on the side of the road. It could be the difference between life and death.”
There were more than 680 comments on the accident posted on the state police’s Facebook page.
Many said it was an example of distracted driving.
“Thank the Lord that all involved will be alright,” Betty Archer-Johnston said. “People need to pay more attention when they are driving. Too many distractions today. This could have easily been so much worse and very heartbreaking. Sending prayers and blessings to Trooper Sawicki and his family. And well wishes to others involved.”
“Lots of people here thanks “the Lord” for this trooper making it out of this, when the people you need to be thanking are the engineers at Ford Motor Company for building a vehicle that was able to withstand a high speed rear end impact. Thank you to all the scientist and engineers out there keeping us safe!,” posted Lars Edenn III.
“Prayers out to those hurt! I work the towing industry about 2 weeks ago I was doing a tire change and I was almost hit by a semi truck. I had my lights on and there was a cop behind with his lights on. I lost a coworker to this back in February. Until these slow down move over laws are actually enforced its gonna continue to get worse. I get it wont stop it totally but it needs to get better,” said Ian Sage.
Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact Troop G at (203) 696-2500.