On October 4th, 2018 New Haven Police Officer Thomas Murray had just finished his shift and was heading home when the truck he was driving was struck head on by a driver heading the wrong way on the highway. Officer Murray was driving his 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup when the crash occurred in the northbound lane of I-91 near exit 7, just before midnight, according to WTNH.
It was determined by the Connecticut State Police that Katherine Gavidia was driving southbound in the northbound lane when her vehicle and Officer Murray’s vehicle collided head on. Both Officer Murray and Gavidia were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated by fire crews.
Gavidia died from her injuries at the scene. Officer Murray was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries. He is undergoing surgeries for bilateral compound fractures of both legs, multiple fractures to his pelvis, many broken ribs and several other injuries.
“The New Haven Police Department was saddened upon hearing of the serious injuries sustained by Officer Thomas Murray. Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to him and his family during his time of recovery. We also wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the woman killed in this tragic crash and pray for comfort for all those affected by this sad event,” said Chief Anthony Campbell, who was with Murray’s family overnight at the hospital.
Our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery are with Officer Murray and his family.
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