Crash Involving Montville Police Officer Sends Seven to Area Hospitals


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Seven people, including three children, an infant and a Montville Police Officer, were taken to area hospitals after the officer collided with two cars pulled over to the side of Route 32 in Montville on Wednesday afternoon.

According to an accident summary report by Connecticut State Trooper Timothy Wengloski, Montville Police Sgt. Addison Saffioti crashed into the rear driver’s side of a vehicle owned by Norwich resident Valerie Davis, which was pulled over along the side of northbound Route 32, just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Davis was helping Waterford resident Katlyn Martinez put gasoline in her vehicle, both pulled over along the side of Route 32. Both were standing outside their vehicles when the report says Saffioti collided with Davis’ vehicle, which then collided with both women and Martinez’s vehicle, according to the report. The reason for the crash is “unknown,” according to the report.

The report said that Martinez’s vehicle – which was in front – was “straddling the white fog line” and that Davis’ vehicle was just behind and “slightly offset” towards the driver’s side.

Martinez was transported to Backus Hospital with a suspected serious injury, according to the report. Davis and four children who were inside the vehicles during the collision were taken to Backus with “possible injuries,” according to the report.

Saffioti was taken to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital with “possible injuries,” according to the report. CT Examiner confirmed that Martinez is in good condition and remains hospitalized, and the others have been released.

The case remains under investigation by Trooper Wengloski, according to the report – and anyone with information is asked to contact Troop E – Montville at 860-848-6500. A full accident report was not available on Thursday.

Montville Police Lt. Dave Radford said the matter was being handled by the Connecticut State Police.

This story has been updated with medical data. Photo credit: Google Map Data, 2021