Residents remember Darien man killed in car crash in Wallingford Sunday night

A motor vehicle collision in Wallingford Sunday evening took the life of Edward Carabillo, 90, of Raymond Street, in Darien, Wallingford Police reported.

Carabillo was the operator of a 2016 Audi convertible, which collided with a 2012 Nissan Titan pickup truck, on the intersection of South Colony Road and Northfield Road in Wallingford at approximately 6:41 p.m.  The front seat passenger in the Audi, Natalie Einson, age 82, was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital where she is being evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The operator of the Nissan, Ronald Bonito, age 69, of Wallingford, suffered only minor injuries and was not transported from the scene.

The investigation, which is still ongoing, has revealed Carabillo was traveling westbound on Northfield Road just before the collision, police said. The pickup truck was traveling northbound on South Colony Road in the right lane. Carabillo attempted to make a left-hand turn from Northfield Road, intending to travel southbound on South Colony Road. Carabillo's Audi entered the intersection and collided with the northbound pickup truck, police said.

This investigation is continuing and any witnesses who may have seen this collision are encouraged to call Officer Anthony Baur at 203-294-2817.

Carabillo moved to Darien in 1963, according to the obituary of his wife, Nancy, who died in 2001. They had been married nearly 50 years at the time of her passing. According to the obituary, the couple have three daughters.

Carabillo at one time served on the town's Monuments & Ceremonies Commission.

"This is sad news indeed. He was a valuable, long time member, of our Monuments and Ceremonies Commission, volunteering for many years to lead a division in the Memorial Day Parade," said Darien's Dave Polett, current chairman of the commission.

"He was a veteran and always supported the cause of veterans.  A true asset to our Commission he was a hard worker and a real gentleman with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by all of us," Polett said.

Mr. Carabillo also was a member of the Piedmont Club. President Nick Demaio remembered him to The Darien Times Monday morning.

"Ed was a member of the Piedmont for many years. He was a very kind man and a gentleman. He was always very generous with his time, serving the Piedmont in a variety of capacities and also at St. Thomas Moore Church. Ed always had a positive attitude and was quick to give a word of encouragement. I will miss him very much," Demaio said.