[Updated] Ridgefield Woman Dies in Redding Car Crash

The woman was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital on Saturday after she was injured in a three-car accident on Friday.

Update on Moday at 4:30 p.m:

The deceased has been identified as

Redding police have said that no charges have been filed and that they are still investigating the incident, but that charges are anticipated. 

The driver of the second car has been identified as Geraldo Araujo, 50, of Danbury. The third vehicle's operator has been identified as Misty Enright, 33, of Stamford, according to Redding Police. 

Update on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The name of the victim will not be released until at least Monday, according to the Redding Police Department.

Original Story

A Ridgefield resident was pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital on Saturday after she was injured in a three-vehicle accident on Route 7 in Redding on Friday, according to Chief Douglas Fuchs of the .

The woman, whos name is not being released until all family members have been notified, was traveling southbound on Route 7 when she was struck head-on by a vehicle traveling northbound, which crossed over into the southbound lane, according to a statement released by Chief Fuchs. The driver, who had to be extricated from her vehicle, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Danbury Hospital.

The two occupants of the northbound vehicle were also transported to Danbury Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Fuchs. The driver of the third vehicle was not injured. The crash is still under investigation by officers of Redding PD's Major Accident Investigation Team.

and Fire Departments responded and transported all patients to the hospital.

Andrea Beebe August 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
While the opening of the widened RT 7 may have brought needed traffic relief, it has unfortunately been the scene of increased accidents on both sections- widened and two lane road south of RT 35. Could it be due to increased speeds? Obviously poor judgment is the root cause. So sad. So unnecessary.
C Keogh August 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Rte 7 needs Jersey barriers to help prevent tragedies like this. God bless this dear, sweet mother and grandmother. She was an amazing woman with a wonderful sense of humor and outlook on life. So sad ;-(
Christine E. August 20, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Sad to read this. Rt 7 has always been dangerous, even before the widening, which isn't where this accident happened. I am surprised there isn't more of a police presence in the two lane portion between 35 and Danbury, though. It is truly alarming how fast people drive that stretch of road.
Craig Donofrio August 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Thank you for leaving those kind words. Michelina's obituary may be found here: http://patch.com/A-xfZq
rhoda t klarsfeld August 23, 2012 at 05:29 PM
So tragic. Barriers between the North & South bound traffic on Rte 7 have always been necessary. This is especially true since the widening of the lanes has resulted in increased traffic speed.


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