Police: Trumbull woman, 50, dies in Merritt Parkway crash
TRUMBULL — A stretch of the Merritt Parkway was briefly closed Tuesday morning as investigators followed up on a serious crash from over the weekend involving a woman who has since died, police said.
Sgt. Robert Derry, of Troop G in Bridgeport, said troopers first responded to the Merritt’s northbound lanes between Exit 49N and Exit 51 around 3 p.m. Sunday for a reported crash.
Derry said arriving units found a one-car crash where one person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
The state police accident report identified the victim as 50-year-old Dawn Lupo, of Seeley Road in Trumbull.
The report said Lupo was driving on the on ramp from Route 25 south to Route 15 north when she drove into the right shoulder and hit the wood beam guardrail.
The force of the impact caused her car to cross the right and left lanes before hitting the jersey barrier in the median, the report said. Lupo was taken by medics to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport with life-threatening injuries.
Lupo was pronounced dead at the hospital on Monday, the report said.
Investigators from the accident reconstruction team were initially on scene Sunday, when they marked all the evidence. Those investigators headed back to the area around 10 a.m. Tuesday and shut down the highway to follow up.
The shutdown was brief, with investigators launching a drone into the air above the highway to map out the accident scene. Derry said the process only takes 15 to 20 minutes, rather than what would normally take hours.
He said units cleared from the highway shortly afterward.
The crash remains under investigation.