Drunken Off-Road Accident Results in Fatality

A Sunday evening off road accident claimed the life of a local female.

On Sunday, July 21, at about 7:18 p.m. the Old Saybrook Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on private property located on VFW Highway. The vehicle was being operated by John Shepard, 42, of 288 Essex Road, Old Saybrook and his passenger was Leah Coleman, 49, of the same address.

Police performed medical care while on scene to Coleman, who was then transported by Old Saybrook Ambulance to Middlesex Medical Center, Shoreline in Essex where she succumbed to her injuries.

Shepard was arrested for driving under the influence. He was transported to Old Saybrook Police Department for processing. Shepard was later released on bond with a court date of Monday, July 29.

The accident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Heiney at 860-395-3142.


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