Two injured after SUV hits house in 2-vehicle crash on Whittlesey Ave.

Zoe Greszler • Updated Dec 11, 2017 at 10:03 PM

* * * Update: 8:27 p.m. Sunday * * *

Norwalk police reports said a vehicle driven by Nancy Straka, 62, of Norwalk, was crossing Whittlesey Avenue from Bouscay Avenue to Spring Street. According to witnesses, Straka failed to stop at the stop sign, causing a collision with a vehicle driven by Owen Bursley, 21, of Wakeman, which was traveling north on Whittlesey Avenue.

As a result of the crash, Straka's vehicle hit a house at 178 Whittlesey Ave., on the northeast corner of the Whittlesey Avenue and Spring Street intersection.

“The car was pushed right up against the porch of the house at 178 Whittlesey (Ave.),” police chief Dave Light said. “No one was LifeFligthed unless it was later in the night or today."

Light said Straka and her passenger Mark Straka Jr., 39, of Norwalk, were injured in the crash.

"They were pretty bad because the car was caved in against his ribs. I know he was banged up," Light said.​

​The chief said he believed Bursley and possibly another passenger, Kenneth R. Willbond, 23, of New London, were also transported to the hospital.​

 * * * Original post made 10:45 p.m. Saturday * * *

A two-vehicle crash sent two people to the hospital around 5 p.m. Saturday after snow showers left roads icy and dangerous.

The condition of the drivers, who have not been identified, wasn’t available as of 10:30 p.m. Saturday, but Norwalk Fire Department Captain Brett Beers said the injuries “were obviously serious enough to go to the hospital.”

“If you saw the car, I mean it took a pretty bad hit,” he said.

Beers said the Norwalk Police Department would provide more information on the accident, however, a report was not ready when the Reflector called a few hours later. 

Beers said it appeared a vehicle was crossing the intersection from Bouscay Avenue to Spring Street when it collided with another vehicle traveling on Whittlesey Avenue. As a result of the crash, one of the vehicles hit a home on the northeast of the Whittlesey Avenue and Spring Street intersection. 

“The side of the car was basically ripped open,” Beers said of the vehicle that hit the house.

“We had to just remove the patients from the cars, package them, assisting with North Central (EMS) and then we had to cut the door off just to fit it on the tow truck. The house suffered some minor damage to the front porch. Overall with as hard of a hit as that was, everyone seemed pretty fortunate really.”

The captain said the roads were dangerous Saturday.

“The roads were bad and they got bad fast,” he said. “When we got back we contacted dispatch and had them contact the street department and actually the streets are still bad (at about 9 p.m.), like the side streets.’

Beers said motorists should remember to take their time getting somewhere and pay attention to their surroundings. 

“Slow down I think that’s a big one to keep in mind,” he said. “Slow down until you get used to the weather and just be mindful of the motorists around you. it always seems like it takes a little while to get used to.”


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