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Ansonia police arrest Hamden man in fatal crash

January 2, 2019

ANSONIA - Police have arrested a 24-year-old Hamden man in an accident that killed a 78-year-old driver.

Zachary Mercer was arrested Monday and charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle with out of state plates, violation of totaled vehicle regulations and failure to obey traffic control

Mercer’s arrest was the result of an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Main Street and Bridge Street on Sept. 23, where Garrett Dalton died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

The three-vehicle crash occurred on Main Street near Bridge Street at 5:20 a.m. The fire department used the “jaws of life” to rescue a victim who was trapped in one of the cars.

Lt. Patrick Lynch said the investigation was done with the assistance of the Orange and Woodbridge Police Department Accident Reconstruction Teams and the Connecticut State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Squad.

“During the investigation of the accident detectives learned that Mercer’s vehicle had been previously listed as a salvage vehicle and did not pass an inspection to be registered in the State of Connecticut, so Mercer registered the vehicle in Texas,” Lynch said.

Mercer posted a $10,000 bond and has a court appearance on Jan. 19 in Derby Superior Court.

Dalton was the husband to Carol Chudoba Dalton. He was born in Derby on April 11, 1940 the son of the late Edward G. and Mary (Warsanick) Dalton. He was a communicant of the Church of the Assumption, graduate of the Assumption School and the Ansonia High School class of 1959. He was also U. S. Army veteran and was retired from the Ansonia Board of Education.

According to his death notice, Dalton “loved nature, Osbornedale State Park, fishing and boxing. But most of all he loved his grandchildren and great granddaughter. Survivors besides his wife are sons Garrett Anthony Dalton and wife Karen and children Ashley and Allison, Edward Garrett Dalton and wife Melissa and children Luke, Lily and Edward Daughter Leslie Mary Vidic and husband Keith and children Katherine and Nicholas and his daughter Audrey. Sisters Susan O’Donnell and husband Kenneth ,Christine Pelatowski and husband Lawrence and nieces and nephews.”

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