Trumbull woman facing four years in fatal crash
BRIDGEPORT — A Trumbull woman pleaded guilty Thursday to the December 2018 car crash on Huntington Turnpike that killed a female pedestrian and injured four other people.
Marie Tufaro, 41, of Palomino Pass, had numerous drugs including Oxycodone in her system when, police said, she drove the wrong way at high speed and struck 50-year-old Shylane Crooks, of Bridgeport, before crashing into two other cars.
Tufaro pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, three counts of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
She faces up to four years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 11. Tufaro and her lawyer, John R. Gulash, declined comment as they left the Golden Hill Street courthouse.
Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2018, police were called to a crash near the intersection of Huntington Turnpike and Priscilla Street. Officers they found Crooks lying on her back in the road. She was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where she died from multiple injuries.
Police said nearby surveillance video showed Crooks crossing Huntington Turnpike when she is struck by a BMW sedan traveling north at high speed in the southbound lane.
After being struck, police said, Crooks flew over the BMW before landing in the road. Police said the BMW continued traveling north and struck a Honda sport utility vehicle that was leaving a gas station on Huntington Turnpike. That impact caused the BMW to spin violently out of control. Police said the driver, later identified as Tufaro, was ejected from the car and slid across the gas station’s parking lot.
The driver of the Honda and her two passengers suffered serious injuries and were taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center.