No major updates in triple fatal Seymour crash investigation

SEYMOUR — After the release on Friday of the identities of the three people killed in a head-on collision, there were no major updates to the police investigation reported as of Saturday afternoon.

Police on Friday identified the driver and two passengers killed in a Wednesday night head-on collision on Route 34. Officials said investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash.

The driver killed was identified as 28-year-old Shanea Leary of West Haven. Police said the front seat passenger, 35-year-old Nicole Gibson of Ansonia, and the back seat passenger, Leary’s 4-year-old daughter, were also killed by the “severe impact” of the collision. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle, identified by police as a 33-year-old Brookfield woman, was extricated from her vehicle and taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police, EMS and fire units were called to the scene around 10 p.m. Wednesday. When first responders arrived, they found a Toyota on its side and in an embankment, while a Hyundai was in the eastbound lane of the road facing west.

Police Chief Paul Satkowski, in an update on the crash Friday, said Leary was driving the Hyundai east on Roosevelt Drive toward Derby at “an apparent high rate of speed” when the vehicle “failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.” He said the vehicle crossed into the other lane where the driver of the Toyota tried to “take evasion action but was unable to completely do so.”

The two vehicles collided near Argonne Terrace. Deputy Chief Robert Rinaldi said while it appears speed was a factor, investigators “don’t know if there were other factors that contributed to the crash.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dave Paratt at 203-915-2517, or the police department at 203-881-7600.