Police Officer in Plainville, Connecticut, Killed in Car Crash

Police Officer in Plainville, Connecticut, Killed in Car CrashOn August 16, Sergeant Timothy Mullaney, an off-duty member of the Plainville Police Department in Connecticut, was killed in a car accident. According to the Hartford Courant, he succumbed to the injuries he sustained when his vehicle allegedly ran off the road and crashed into a tree.

The news source reports that this tragic incident comes shortly on the heels of another event that brought Sgt. Mullaney’s name to headline attention.

A month earlier, on July 16, Mullaney and several other Plainville police officers confronted the suspect in a child pornography possession case. The terse situation resulted in a police-involved shooting after the alleged suspect, Erik Gothberg, reached suddenly into his waistband. Police allegedly fired at the suspect, wounding him in the foot, but the chaos of the incident led to the injury of two other officers.

In the aftermath of the event, all officers involved were assigned to light administrative duties. Nevertheless, the news source reports that Mullaney was not thought of poorly, and fellow officers, including retired Plainville Police Department Captain Peter Costanzo, remembered him well.

“Tim was a well-respected member of the department,” Costanzo said, according to the news source. “He always wanted to get involved and help the department; he was not a fringe member.”

Mullaney had been on sick leave for two weeks the night the crash that took his life occurred. he was driving south on New Britain Avenue at around 9 p.m. when his car, a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette, allegedly turned off the road and crashed in front of a commercial building. He was airlifted to Hartford Hospital, and according to police died an hour later despite efforts to save his life, leaving behind a wife and four children.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deaths related to automobile crashes in Connecticut provided for $263 million per year in lost work and medical expenses.