Other driver says Senator Maynard was heading in the wrong direction on Route 32

A Volkswagen Passat owned by Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-Stonington sits in the corner of the parking lot of Sireci´s Automotive in Waterford, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Police are investigating a Route 32 crash last week in which Maynard hit another vehicle with the Passat on Route 32. (Martha Shanahan/The Day)

Waterford — The woman whose car was struck by state Sen. Andrew Maynard, D-18 District, on Route 32 last Thursday afternoon now says the senator was traveling in the wrong direction toward her.

Pietro Scelfo, the husband of the driver, Laury Benjamin-Scelfo of Uncasville, said Sunday that because English is not his wife’s primary language, there was some initial confusion about her description of which way Maynard’s car was traveling.

He said his wife was driving her Chevy Trailblazer northbound on Route 32 in the area of Scotch Cap Road when she saw Maynard’s 2013 VW Passat heading southbound toward her and swerving.

The cars collided just past 3:30 p.m., and Maynard's car continued about 200 yards farther south before rolling down an embankment. Scelfo said his wife’s SUV was totaled. Maynard’s car, which is now located at Sireci’s Automotive at Boston Post Road and Cross Road, was badly damaged.

Shortly after the crash, police and state Senate Democratic Caucus spokesman Adam Joseph said Maynard was involved in a one-car accident while returning from a caucus at the state Capitol in Hartford. But on Friday, police said Maynard was involved in a two-car crash. Scelfo said at the time that his wife looked into her rear-view mirror and saw that a vehicle was fast approaching and swerving between lanes.

But on Saturday, Waterford police confirmed they are looking at Maynard’s vehicle traveling in the wrong lane on Route 32 as a possible cause. Waterford police were unavailable for further comment on Sunday night. Police have said they are still waiting for medical information and have not yet been able to complete an interview with Maynard.

Joseph has only said Maynard, who lives in Stonington, was under observation at a local hospital. It is unclear whether he has been released or suffered any injury.

Scelfo said he had been contacted Sunday by New London attorney Robert Reardon, who said he had been hired to represent Maynard. Reardon typically represents victims in personal injury cases and has won some of the largest verdicts in the region for his clients. He could not be reached to comment Sunday. Scelfo said he and his wife, who has reported neck and shoulder pain, would be hiring an attorney this week.

Maynard suffered a traumatic brain injury in a July 2014 fall at his home in Stonington and has since struggled to regain his ability to speak. He has declined through spokesmen all interview requests since his injury.

Scelfo has questioned Maynard’s fitness to drive, although Joseph has said he was cleared to drive. It is unknown who cleared the senator to drive or the process that was involved.

j.wojtas@theday.com

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