HARTFORD COUNTY, Conn. — A single-vehicle rollover crash on Route 9 in Berlin tragically killed 44-year-old Jaimie Schreier, of Middletown, on Nov. 9, and injured two toddlers.
Schreier was in the left southbound lane of Route 9 in a 2009 Chrysler Town & Country at about 1:15 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons, according to the Connecticut State Highway Patrol.
The minivan veered to the left, hit a metal beam guide rail in the median, and continued along the rail before crashing into the concrete bridge support and coming to rest across the left lane and median. The vehicle came to rest on its roof, according to a local news report.
Schreier was reportedly unconscious when first responders arrived. She died at the scene of the accident.
The two toddlers, a 3-year-old boy and a 2-year-old boy, were restrained in forward facing child seats in the back seat of the vehicle and suffered minor injuries during the accident. EMS transported both to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for treatment.
Airbags did not deploy during the car crash, according to the Connecticut State Highway Patrol’s accident report.
No additional information about factors that may have contributed to the accident has been released, though an investigation is underway.
COMMENTARY ON THE JAIMIE SCHREIER ACCIDENT IN CONNECTICUT
I was deeply saddened to learn of the terrible, untimely accident that took the life of Ms. Schreier. Apparently, no other vehicle was involved in this fatal crash. Officials said Ms. Schreier lost control of the van she was driving, veered left, and collided with a concrete bridge support. Thankfully, the youngsters who were aboard appear to have suffered only minor injuries.
Accidents like these are far too common on our nation’s roadways. A study of one-car passenger vehicle crashes indicated that nearly 10,000 people lost their lives in fatal accidents in 2019. More than half of those fatal accidents involved in a frontal impact, just as this crash did.
What was happening on Route 9 in Berlin, Conn., that fateful afternoon that precipitated this horrific accident?
In my 30-year career as a personal injury attorney, I have handled hundreds of single-vehicle crashes similar to this one. The bulk of these mishaps stem from just a few causes: road hazards, adverse weather conditions, mechanical malfunction, tire failure, driver error, fatigue, or driving under the influence. It is highly concerning that airbags did not deploy. Perhaps mechanical failure or product defect was the cause of this horrific death.
Authorities have not released sufficient details to make any determination as to why the driver lost control of the minivan. However, in my experience, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is rarely a factor when children are present in the vehicle. A thorough investigation of the accident will need to be conducted to determine why Ms. Schreier lost control of the vehicle and why the airbags did not deploy properly
My deepest sympathies go out to Ms. Schreier’s family and friends, and the little ones who had to go through this traumatic experience.
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