We've just received awful news from the Connecticut State Police - Troop A about a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on I-84 in Southbury.

According to the report, two people were struck by a vehicle, and it unfortunately took the life of a local Wolcott resident. The accident happened yesterday, Thursday February 18 at 5:52 PM. Initially, two vehicles were involved in a motor vehicle accident on I-84 Westbound just prior to the exit 15 off-ramp in Southbury. The two people that were involved in the initial accident, Cynthia Geary Northrop, of Georges Hill Rd in Southbury and Michael Canby, of Spindle Hill Rd in Wolcott, were standing outside of their vehicles. Northrop's 2010 Nissan Sentra was disabled in the left lane of the highway from the initial accident.

The press release reports a second vehicle, a 2007 Honda Pilot, driven by Manuel Melendez of Earl St in Waterbury, was traveling on 84 Westbound in the left lane. Melendez's vehicle then struck the driver's side of Northrop's Sentra. This second impact launched Northrop's Sentra at the two, who were both struck by the vehicle. Northrop was seriously injured, and unfortunately, Canby suffered fatal injuries. Melendez was not injured in the accident.

The accident tied up traffic for hours last evening and it is still under investigation. If you witnessed the accident, or have any information, contact TFC Corey #1349 at Troop A in Southbury, at 203-267-2200.

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