Man dies after wires, tree fall on vehicle on Fairfield-Bridgeport line
A 21-year-old Southington man was killed Wednesday after a tree and wires fell on his car near the Fairfield-Bridgeport line.
In a prepared statement, Fairfield Police Capt. Robert Kalamaras said about 5:16 p.m. Fairfield Emergency Communications received a report of a large tree limb landing on a vehicle injuring a driver in front of 3595 Park Ave.
They arrived at the scene to find the driver, Jarrod Marotto, unconscious in the vehicle.
Police and Fairfield and Bridgeport firefighters had to wait for an electrical crew to shut down power to the wires before working to free Marotto.
He was extricated by about 6:17 p.m. and turned over to paramedics who took him to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
“Further investigation revealed that Jarrod was driving southbound on Park Avenue when a large limb from a cottonwood tree was struck by lightning and fell striking the vehicle and Jarrod on the driver side,” Kalamaras said. “Jarrod was the only occupant in the vehicle.”
This case is currently under investigation by the Fairfield Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.
While emergency personnel were at the scene of that incident, they were also called to an elevator rescue up the street at 3900 Park Ave., according to emergency radio transmissions.
Several accidents, downed trees and lightning strikes were reported throughout the region as Wendesday’s storm — the remnants of Hurricane Barry — brought heavy rains and winds to the area.
The National Weather Service put a Flood Watch in effect for the area until 5 a.m. Thursday.
At the peak of the storm, a total of 15 outages knocked power out to 1,399 customers in Fairfield, or 5.8 percent of the town. United Illuminating also reported handfuls of outages were in Bridgeport, Derby, Milford, New Haven, Orange, Stratford and Trumbull
Farther southwest, an outage in Stamford knocked out 753 customers, according to Eversource, with additional outages reported in Norwalk, Wilton, Westport and Greenwich.
Eversource also reported outages in Seymour, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Southbury and Monroe, where the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library in Monroe closed early because of a power outage.