Town Clerk, husband suffer injuries from two-car collision on Church Hill Road (UPDATE)
3:18 p.m. — The Trumbull Police Department has identified the driver of the vehicle that struck Town Clerk Suzanne Burr Monaco and her husband, Domenic, Wednesday night.
Police said Hunter Kay, 24, was traveling southbound on Churchill Road when his vehicle crossed over the double yellow line and struck a northbound vehicle, which was driven by Burr Monaco.
All three people involved in the collision were transported to St. Vincent's Hospital's emergency room, according to Lt. Leonard Scinto, and the accident remains under investigation.
11:32 a.m. — Town Clerk Suzanne Burr Monaco and her husband, Domenic, were involved in a serious car accident around 8:30 p.m. on Church Hill Road Wednesday night, First Selectman Tim Herbst announced in an email to all town employees Thursday morning.
Herbst said that Burr Monaco and her husband were rushed to the emergency room at St. Vincent’s Hospital thanks to the work of Trumbull first responders.
"By the grace of God, Suzanne’s quick instincts and the tremendous job done by our first responders...both of them are alive, awake and alert, being treated for their injuries," the first selectman wrote. "There will be a long road of recovery. I will be visiting both of them later this morning at the hospital.
"As we receive updates, we will keep all of you apprised," he added. "I am asking all employees and residents to keep the Monaco’s in your thoughts and prayers."
Speaking to The Times Thursday morning, Herbst said Burr Monaco and her husband were "very lucky to be alive."
"She instinctively moved the car out of the way and those instinct saved their lives," he said after visiting the hospital.
"They're both awake and alert and in good spirits," he added. "The first thing she asked is how her staff was doing and that speaks volumes to the type of person she is — she's always concerned about others."
Republican Town Committee chairman Paul Lavoie told The Times Thursday morning that the town clerk was recovering from "bumps and bruises" and suffered non-life threatening injuries from the collision.
"She's very shaken up but fortunately the injuries are nothing major and she's expected to make a full recovery," said Lavoie.
He added that her 79-year-old husband's injuries included two broken legs, which will be operated on Thursday and Friday.
"He's in great physical condition and he's expected to make a full recovery," the RTC chairman said.
Herbst also noted that the couple was in great physical shape which he said "absolutely helped them survive this trauma."
"They both work out like crazy," he said.
The first selectman acknowledged that the driver of the vehicle had swerved across the lane and towards Burr Monaco's vehicle.
The driver is in the hospital being treated for injuries, according to Herbst.
"Seeing pictures of the car, all I can say is they're lucky to be alive," he said. "This kind of an incident really puts things into perspective."
Trumbull Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc. posted photos from the accident Wednesday night and said that Burr Monaco and her husband were extricated from the vehicle.
According to the post, fire crews from Trumbull Center and Long Hill were on the scene along with Trumbull EMS and the Trumbull Police Department.
The accident happened on Church Hill Road between Edison Road and Taits Mill Road.
The police department is handling the investigation at this time.