Branford Crash Results in Woman's Death

Branford Fire Dept. members at the Aug. 18 accident scene, with the remains of the car that struck a tree and caught on fire on Brushy Plains Road, resulting in the passengerís death from injuries.

A 28 year-old Branford resident, seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash on Brushy Plains Road in the early hours of Aug. 18, died later that night while hospitalized.

Branford Police are continuing the investigation into the one-car crash, which resulted in the death of Megan Mcauliffe, 28, of 168 Laurel Hill Road. The accident occurred at about 1:20 a.m. Sun. Aug. 18 on Brushy Plains Road by the intersection of Overland Court. Mcauliffe later passed away at Yale-New Haven Hospital during the late evening of Aug. 18, due to injuries from the accident, according to police.

Police Sergeant Jeffery Beno said when Officer Matthew Clerkin first arrived at the accident scene, Mcauliffe was trapped in the passenger seat of the heavily damaged vehicle; and the car was beginning to burn. Officer Bryan McGinnis arrived a short time later and both officers were able to free Mcauliffe from the burning wreckage and drag her to safety.  Responding Branford Fire units Engine 1 and Engine 2 arrived to extinguish the car fire and crews from Medic-1 and Medic-2 treated the victims at the scene.

“Both the police and fire crews worked quickly and efficiently to treat the victims and transport them to the hospital,” said Deputy Fire Chief Tom Mahoney

The driver, identified by police as Vincent Mauro, 31, also of 168 Laurel Hill Road, had non-life threatening injuries and was also transported to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment.

Police investigators at the scene later determined that Mauro was driving the car southbound on Brushy Plains Road when he lost control, went off the right side of the road, and struck a large tree.

As of today, charges have been filed. Police ask anyone with information concerning the crash to contact Officer Melissa Carney at (203) 481-4241.



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