Crash destroys utility pole on Old State Road

Luckily, the crash looked a lot worse than it was.
Cary Ashby
Nov 11, 2010

Luckily, the crash looked a lot worse than it was.

It took two Norwalk firefighters between eight and 10 minutes to extricate a female driver from a Ford Focus SE that landed on the driver’s side off the left side of Old State Road. Capt. Bill Knadler and firefighter Brett Beers had to cut the top and dashboard off the car to get to the woman, whose name wasn’t available.

(NOTE - Pictures of the accident can be seen HERE.)

“She was sitting there talking with us,” said Knadler, who said the driver appeared to be in “a little bit of pain,” which mostly was from her seat belt and shoulder harness. “(She) knew her name and all that.”

The woman sustained a deep abrasion across her upper chest. The accident happened Wednesday morning at the dip of the road near Woodlawn Cemetery.

“As far as broken bones or anything, I have no idea,” Knadler said.

Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney and officer Seth Fry were piecing together what happened right after the one-vehicle crash.

“The only thing we’re certain of is the (car) was heading north on Old State here,” Conney said at the scene.

The woman went off the left side of Old State Road across from Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

“(She) went quite a ways through the grass,” Conney said.

“We actually think it went airborne because the pole is split a little bit high up. … It is at least 5 feet up,” he said.

Conney was asked if the car flipped.

“You can see there’s an impact point in the ground where there’s broken bits of lens, so yeah, I’m going to say it flipped at least one time,” he said.

The front part of the small car was mangled, particularly the engine compartment. The utility pole off the left side of Old State Road was in at least three pieces. The crash brought down several wires.

Two Ohio Edison trucks arrived at the scene about 10:45 a.m. A third crew arrived about four minutes later.

Conney was asked if speed was a factor. At the scene, he said police “don’t know for sure at this point” if the woman had her “attention diverted from the roadway” or if there was a medical issue.

North Central EMS transported the patient to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

“In the ambulance, she was complaining of some pain in her leg. We’re not sure what could have caused it,”  Conney said. “She had her seat belt on; there’s no doubt about that.”

Comments

starshine80911

WHY no name?? Who are we protecting now??

HOMEGUARD

Yep, who wrecked the car? You editors at the reflector are a JOKE! People been ripping the 17 year old from Greenwich for a week. Yet you withhold the name from this car flipping over? GOOD JOB reflector!

luvthesun

Homeguard- Maybe you're the JOKE! As of this post the name has not been released. Don't be so quick to jump to conclusions.

HOMEGUARD

.12:51 PM
Nov 10
2010
Accident sends woman to hospital
A one-vehicle accident this morning on Old State Road took out power lines and sent the woman driver to the hospital.

Pictures of the accident can be seen HERE.

See Thursday’s Reflector for complete story.

luvthesun,
ISN'T TODAY THURSDAY? I STAND BY MY PREVIOUS STATEMENTS. EITHER REPORT THESE VEHICLE CRASHES FAIRLY, OR DON'T REPORT THEM AT ALL! YOU WERE ABLE TO SHOOT A VIDEO ON THE STORY, BUT NOT GET THE NAME OF THE PERSON INVOLVED? GREAT JOB REFLECTOR!!!!
And if no one's name had been released as of press time, why not say that?

Kottage Kat

Mrs. Berendt
There arre 3 pages of posts, if you check them, perhaps the ones with the foul language, but 120 are still there.
kat;}

sberendt1

I watched it go from 107 to 100 the other day. Trust me I've been all over it. I laid into the Reflector...one of my last post. No bad language. HOMEGUARD knows what I'm talking about, HOMEGUARD replied to it and it's also gone. Thanks for your help anyways.

Kottage Kat

Doesn't look like the car did too well either. Could it have been the other way around.
Like Paul Harvey "Now for the rest of the story"??????

Optimum Prime

Names and address can be withheld by the request of the family.

We live in the age that people think they need to know
everything all the time. This is NOT true. People are entitled
to some privacy in there life.

HOMEGUARD

REALLY? Tell that to the Berendt Family. Where have you been?

luvthesun

Homeguard- and I stand by what I said. You ARE the Joke! The Reflector reported the information that was given to them. Her name is in the paper today. Are you happy now?

HOMEGUARD

The only thing I'm happy about is that Ms. Harp is going to be alright. Just as newspaper reporting exposes the dirt happening in people's lives; you too are to be held accountable. It took this paper 3 stories to tell us whom was involved in this accident. It took only one for you to print the name of a juvenile driver from Greenwich? Don't take my criticism personally luvthesun, just understand that we're not all idiots. And that we only know what you want us to know. When you say you're going to print the "whole story", that's what we expect. Otherwise, you leave yourselves open to criticism as much as anybody else we post our opinions to on here? Do you get that?

OhDearLord

“In the ambulance, she was complaining of some pain in her leg. We’re not sure what could have caused it,” Conney said. “She had her seat belt on; there’s no doubt about that.”

Really? I bet the car flipping numerous times had nothing to do with that leg pain...

BaileyOriginally

I love the headline of this story. So basically the Utility Pole gets precedence over a human flipping her car numerous times and being carted away in an ambulance. Her fault or not, who cares about the pole? I wonder if the pole has already contacted an attorney? Next time, perhaps the poor topsoil and sod will get some front-page news, as well.

starshine80911

I would like to know the REST of the story....The kind of DETAILS the Reflector prints about ANY OTHER story!! There is a distinct feel of "sweep it under the rug" here... Especially in comparison to some RECENT and not so recent "stories."
PLEASE ! Print DETAILS that are printed in your OTHER stories or are put online..THANK-YOU!

onlyinamerica

Speed limit is 35 mph in that stretch of road. People need to drive by thier speedometer not thier feelings! No way she could of been going 35 mph and lost control going airbourne and flipping!

iamrevolutionary

Where is the REST of the STORY?!?! C'mon Reflector!! You print it ALL about a 17 yr. old!! WTH?!?! Favoritism?? Everyone ELSE has their lives printed when they break the law, or do ANYTHING wrong! How about the Front Page story on a "fender bender" that involved Sheriff Sutherland a while back??