Pedestrian killed on Route 34 in Orange

March 26, 2019

ORANGE - A 45-year-old man is dead after a being struck by an elderly driver on westbound Route 34 Monday afternoon.

The accident happened near the Field View Farm, between Baldwin and Sodom lanes shortly after 3 p.m.

“The investigation is still ongoing, but it appears that a vehicle being driven by a 79-year old female was traveling westbound on Derby Avenue when it drifted off the right side of the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a 45-year old male, who was standing to the rear of his flatbed tractor-trailer truck,” Orange police said in a release.

“The vehicle also struck the rear of the trailer and then careened into another vehicle traveling on Derby Avenue.”

Police said the tractor-trailer had been parked off the right shoulder of the roadway after delivering a large piece of construction equipment to the area.

The male pedestrian was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. His identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of his family.

The female vehicle operator was also transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital with unspecified injuries.

The operator of the third vehicle was not injured.

The westbound side of Derby Avenue was closed to traffic for several hours.

A few hours prior to the crash, police had issued an alert that road work was expected to begin at the intersection of Derby Avenue and Baldwin Road. That construction, which is meant to improve the safety of the intersection, is expected to be completed in October.

It was the second major accident on Route 34 on Monday.

In Derby, an truck carrying about 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel tipped over while it was turning onto the James Atwater Bridge on westbound Route 34 in Monday morning.

Crews from the state Department of Transportation and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were on the scene as well as a hazardous materials contractor. Officials were attempting to determine how much of the diesel fuel has spilled into the river.

If anyone witnessed the pedestrian collision or has any information, they may contact Lt. Raymond LaPlante of the Orange Accident Reconstruction Unit at 203-891-2130. RF Case #19-8906.