Monroe Police say speed 'appears' to have been factor in fatal crash

Monroe Police released a few more details this week on a fatal crash on Route 111 last Thursday, that claimed the life of a former Trumbull volunteer firefighter.

Frederick G. Schalich, 27, of Monroe succumbed to his injuries following the fiery crash.

“Schalich’s speed appears to be a factor in the accident, but final determination of cause of the accident remains under investigation,” wrote Monroe Lt. Brian McCauley in an email.

Police said Wednesday morning that Schalich was traveling northbound on Route 111, and failed to negotiate the right curve in the vicinity of Gaybower Road. Schalich’s car then struck a southbound car driven by 21-year-old Sean Fitzpatrick of Stratford, McCauley said. Fitzpatrick was treated for minor injuries and released.

Officers reporting to the accident just before midnight Thursday, in the area of 411 Monroe Tpke. “found a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria on its side, engulfed in flames,” according to a statement by Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley. Monroe Fire Departments also responded.

The case is being investigated by the department’s serious accident investigation unit. Fatal accident investigation is a time consuming task, McCauley said. Besides the physical crash site investigation, a serious accident investigation generally involves recreating the last 24 hours of the deceased person’s life to see if there might have been some factor that led to the crash.

Schalich, who donated his time to Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, came from a family of town volunteers. He was the son of past Trumbull Center Fire Chief Wayne P. Schalich and mother, Mary Lou Schalich. He was the nephew of former Captain Mark Schalich and grandson of past Assistant Chief and Fire Commissioner William Schalich and Jacqueline Schalich, Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. Ladies Auxiliary member, according to the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company. The volunteers posted a message on Schalich's death on the group's Facebook page Thursday.

According to his obituary, he was an emergency services dispatcher for many years and more recently was employed with Hoffman Fuel.

“He was a past member of the Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company No.1, Inc., a former member of the Chillum Adelphi fire department in Prince George’s County, Maryland where he achieved Emergency Medical Technician certification. Fred was also a member of the Fairfield County Fish and Game Club where he loved to go rifle, bow shooting and fishing,” his family wrote.