Boy injured in I-395 crash is released from hospital

Hartford – A 6-year-old boy who has been in the hospital since a March 9 car crash on Interstate 395 that killed his father was released late last week from the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, a hospital official said.

Alex De Mond was initially in critical condition following the crash that killed his father, Norwich firefighter Benjamin De Mond.

Alex's younger brother, Cole, 4, was released from the hospital March 15.

The brothers were passengers in a car when it was struck by alleged drunken driver Willis Goodale, 50, of Groton.

Police said the accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m. March 9 when Goodale allegedly attempted to cut across the I-395 southbound lanes between exits 79 and 79A via the emergency turnaround after leaving the Mobil service station.

De Mond was driving south on I-395 when he lost control of his Nissan Maxima as he tried unsuccessfully to avoid Goodale's Jeep Cherokee. After the collision, De Mond's car ran through the turnaround and into oncoming traffic, troopers said, hitting Montville resident Andrew Crouch's car head-on and causing it to roll over.

De Mond's car then spun into the right lane, where it hit a vehicle driven by Albert Fisher, 58, of Lisbon.

Crouch, 59, was also seriously injured and spent days recovering at the William W. Backus Hospital.

Goodale was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle. Police said more charges are pending.

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