Resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, Killed in Car Accident

Resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, Killed in Car AccidentA devastating crash between a car and a dump truck on Route 7 near the border of the Connecticut towns Wilton and Ridgefield allegedly resulted in the death of the car's driver. The victim, Frank Johnson, was identified as a 71-year-old resident of Norwalk, according to The Hour.

The news source reports that Johnson was heading northbound in a Volkswagen sedan when the vehicle allegedly swerved into the southbound lane of Route 7, crashing into a Mack dump truck, at approximately 9:27 pm. The sedan was severely damaged, and Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, confirmed by Lieutenant Donald Wakeman of the Wilton Police Department.

Wilton police closed down a stretch of Route 7 to conduct their investigation between 10 pm and 3:30 am, the news source reported. One witness was interviewed by police at the scene, and corroboration from additional eyeball witnesses to the crash is being sought.

According to Lieutenant Wakeman, the proceedings are still in their early stages, and the factors that caused the crash have not yet been positively determined, according to the news source.

The Wilton police's Serious Accident Investigation Team is still diligently investigating the crash, which is the second fatal automobile accident to occur in Wilton on Route 7 this week. The previous incident, which took place on Tuesday, August 9, also involved a crash between a car and a dump truck, and in this case took the life of a 71-year-old woman whose name was not provided to the news source.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distractions experienced while driving, such as cell phone use, can be extremely dangerous. NHTSA data states that in 2008, approximately 6,000 were killed in crashed involving a distracted driver, and over 500,000 were injured.