January 27, 2021


Two state troopers were injured Friday after a vehicle rear-ended a parked State Police cruiser, officials said.

The accident happened just before 5 p.m. on I-91 south near Exit 25 in Wethersfield.

According to the accident report, Trooper Donald Stankosky and Trooper trainee Nicolas Terry stopped to help the driver of a disabled vehicle on the left shoulder of the highway.

While they were on the scene, a separate three-car accident occurred at the same location.

Police said Rafael Jose Mendoza, 28, of East Hartford, was driving one of the vehicles.

The report said Mendoza’s 2017 Legacy was following too close to the vehicle ahead of him. As it slowed, he swerved to the left to avoid striking it.

Mendoza’s vehicle then struck the rear of the troopers’ cruiser, police said.

The impact pushed the cruiser forward into the disabled vehicle and into Trooper Terry, who had just exited the police cruiser, the accident report said.

Terry “received moderate (non-life threatening) injuries,” the report said. Trooper Stankosky and Mendoza sustained minor injuries. All three were transported to the hospital.

The driver of the disabled vehicle was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A drunk driver who was four times the legal limit drove right through a crime scene connected with a fatal crash, striking a patrol vehicle in the process, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said they were investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash on Hoffner Avenue near Conway Road Friday around 9:50 p.m. and had used a patrol vehicle with its lights activated to block off one of the travel lanes to traffic.

Records show 31-year-old Colter Anderson, of Merritt Island, failed to stop in time for the road blockage and crashed into the right side of the patrol vehicle.

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According to the arrest report, troopers immediately noticed that Anderson smelled of alcohol, was slurring his words and had trouble maintaining his balance. Though his Ford Fusion was damaged and his airbags were deployed, he wasn’t injured in the crash.

Troopers said they conducted a field sobriety test, which Anderson failed.

Two blood alcohol tests were conducted after Anderson was taken into custody and they revealed results of .383 and .371, according to the affidavit. The legal limit is .08.

He’s facing a charge of DUI with property damage.

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