UPDATE: Fatal Crushing Victim at Sims Metal Management Identified

A preliminary investigation has found the 72-year-old Durham man sustained a fatal injury Wednesday after he was crushed by a scrap vehicle he was off-loading from his own truck at the Universal Drive facility, according to North Haven Police.

The following is a press release from the North Haven Police Department.

The North Haven Emergency Communications Center was notified by E911 on 01/09/2013 at approximately 12:33 PM of an industrial accident, with an unresponsive male, at Sims Metal Management, 234 Universal Drive.

Police, Fire and Ambulance personnel were dispatched to the scene.  

On arrival the unresponsive male, who was later identified as Francis Almeida (age 72) of Durham, CT was being assisted by persons on scene.

Evaluation by medical personnel resulted in Almeida being pronounced deceased.  

Preliminary investigation determined that Almeida sustained a crushing injury from his own car carrier truck, as he was completing the off loading of a scrap automobile that he was delivering to Sims Metal Management.  

An autopsy will be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington.  

The North Haven Police Department was assisted in the investigation by OSHA, the Motor Vehicle Department and the South Central Regional Traffic Unit.

Dawne Almeida January 12, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I am one of mr Almeidas daughters and to you tom,that was a ridiculous comment he was retired but liked to keep busy and still owned his own company....it was a terrible thing that happened he left behind an amazing family that loved him dearly and countless friends that are all devastated....thank you anna for your compassion and Teresa as well.
Dina Cavallaro January 14, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Dawne my heart goes out to you andand your family. Disregard media and focus on your family and all the positive things about your Dad and his wonderful accomplishments in life. He will be missed greatly. May God be with you all at this difficult time.
Robin Keohane January 17, 2013 at 07:05 PM
God Bless him, and its people with his work ethics and business abilities that keep America going! My prayers to the family!
Donald J. Lanouette, Jr. January 23, 2013 at 08:42 AM
I was unaware that this had happened, I was actually searching for Dina Cavallaro and this link came up. What a terrible thing to happen. A man who had a work ethic, something you DO NOT see today. At his age he could hav Retired, sat around waiting for others to fend for him, etc. Instead he went to work and did for himself. Why do such things happen to those we need around and those who's example we should follow? R.I.P. God Bless him and his family. That being said, I have to ask, is this Dina Cavallaro?? Who used to work at Statewide Motors, the Jeep dealer? Take a chance Dina, 203-506-1885 anytime. Actually have been thinking of you.
Janet A Cianelli January 23, 2013 at 02:10 PM
First of all I would like to extend my condolences to the Almeida Family! This was so sad but a sign of our time! The elderly know how to keep busy and work some out of necessity and some just like to stay busy! Our young ones should learn from this generation who didn;t sit around and wait for a job but took an inititive to do anything (legally) to make something to support a family! God Bless Francis and his family!!


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