[UPDATED] Fatal Accident On I-91 Kills North Haven Man

The one-car fatal accident, which shut down Interstate 91 South in North Haven late Sunday night, also left the vehicle's female passenger seriously injured.

Update at 7:30 a.m. Monday

WTNH is reporting that a 24-year-old North Haven man is dead — and another 24-year-old local woman is on life support — following a one-car accident along Interstate 91 in North Haven late Sunday night.

The driver, David Cooley, was killed. And his passenger, Paige Camera, also from North Haven, was seriously injured, WTNH reports this morning.

According to North Haven Fire Lt Paul Januszewski, Sunday evening at about 10 p.m., the department responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on I-91 South at the Exit 10 off ramp.

The following units were dispatched and responded to the scene: E-1, T-1, Emg-1, E-8 and Car 31.

Januszewski reports the firefighters arrived to find one car in the woods on the right side of the highway.

"The motor vehicle was found to have significant damage after striking a tree," Januszewski stated in a press release early Monday morning, adding that the car was occupied by two people — both of whom were trapped inside.

Firefighters then used various saws and hydraulic rescue equipment, including the “Jaws of Life," to gain access to the car and perform extrication.

Extrication was performed on both occupants while advanced medical care was also being administered by fire department personnel, Januszewski said.

Both patients were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Connecticut State Police remained on the scene conducting an investigation as of early Monday morning, Januszewski said.

This was the third fatal accident over this past holiday weekend, according to the WTNH report.

Original Post

Scanner reports are indicating that Interstate 91 south has been shut down around 10:40 p.m. at exit 10 due to a motor vehicle accident that occured at exit 9. 

There are reports of two possible fatalities. Nothing has been confirmed at this time. 

Check back with Patch for updates.

John November 27, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Pull through paige ; we all love you very much or like a daughter to me' if anyone can do if u can! DJ
Rosemary pierc November 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Paige all of your moms' friends @ silver springs are praying for you!
George November 30, 2012 at 02:29 AM
David had his many challenges, and it is a shame he did not find help for them before they led to such a tragedy. Like too many of his friends, he has gone to a more peaceful place at such a young age. God rest his soul and forgive and heal him.
Valerie December 12, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Im so very sad to have just learned of this tragedy today (12/11). Dave was a good friend to me, albeit for only a very brief time. He had a good heart and when it came down to it, he wanted what so many of us crave - just a little bit of happiness and a few good friends. Most dont realize how much Dave enjoyed Children and Animals. He was like a "Big Kid" when he spent time playing with my school age & teen kids. And he loved animals, especially kitties, so very much. He worked to find many of them homes when possible. He had his share of life struggles, but when he was doing well, he was there for others. He was a 'Genuine' person. He will be missed. Although not knowing her for very long, I pray for Paige. She's a beautiful young woman & I am so sad that this involved both of them. Dave & Paige made each other very happy. My condolences to Daves family, especially his Grandmother. Rest in Peace, Dave.


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