Three Motorists Killed in Connecticut Over Weekend

Three people were killed in car accidents over a weekend in Connecticut.A Connecticut woman was killed in five-car accident that began after she was rear-ended by another vehicle, according to various reports.

Kathleen Karlak, a 22-year old Naugatuck resident, was driving on Interstate-84 in Southington when a car collided with her automobile. Karlak's vehicle then hit another car before reportedly veering into the highway's left lane and crashing into the passenger side of another car, according to state police.

Karlak was pronounced dead at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. Police said two other people experienced minor injuries but none of the other drivers were seriously hurt.
State police are still investigating the accident.

Media outlets report that Karlak was one of three people killed on Connecticut roadways over the weekend of June 17. Two people reportedly died in a New London crash on the morning on June 19.

In 2009, there were 30,797 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency said more than 17,000 of those victims were automobile drivers while 6,770 were passengers.