Fatal Accident On Rte. 7 Near Ridgefield-Wilton Border [Updated]

Wilton police confirmed Frank Johnson, 71, of Norwalk, was killed in the head-on collision.

Update: 10:02 am

The victim’s name has been released as Frank Johnson, 71, of Norwalk.

Johnson was travelling northbound on Rte. 7 in a 1999 Volkswagen sedan when he apparently crossed over the dividing line and struck a 1995 tri-axle Mack Dumptruck head-on, according to Lieutenant Donald Wakeman of the Wilton Police Department. Johnson was pronounced dead on the scene.

The accident occurred around 9:27 p.m. at 991 Danbury Road.

The driver and the passenger of the dump truck were not injured. The truck involved in the accident was licensed to N. Lato Excavating, a business located out of Norwalk. The driver of the truck was identified as Charles Datillo, 43, also of Norwalk. Also in the vehicle as a passenger was Bernard Esposito, 36, of Norwalk; he was also uninjured in the crash.

This marks the second in five days. Both seniors were killed by dump trucks that were licensed by Norwalk-based businesses, and both seniors were 71-years-old.

Original article A red sedan traveling north on Rte. 7 collided with a pick-up truck around 9:15 p.m., killing the driver of the car just south of the Ridgefield border in Wilton.

Rte. 7 was still closed south of Rte. 102 into Wilton as of 10:30 p.m.

Wilton police presided over the accident, but also at the scene were officers from Ridgefield and Redding, as well as paramedics from Wilton and firefighters from Georgetown.

Police did not release the name of the driver as of 10:30 p.m.

mike August 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM
You do realize they are volunteers most of wich have families and young children? Most have to drive several miles to get to the fire station behid cars the wont pull over for there blue lights. They have to stop everything they are doing whether it be reading a bedtime story to their child or finishing chores around the house to rush out and help someone they don't even know. What do you do to make a difference? Don't cast stones unless you are prepared to sacrafice as much as they do. Then only to go home and think about the scene they just had to deal with. God bless the georgetown fd and all volunteer deartments!
BOB August 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Gee, I never thought of it that way!! Maybe they deserve union benifits. I've been doing that job for 35 years and nothing gets in my way when a life is involved. When you get used to it or tiered, it's time to quit.
Coleman August 12, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Bob with all of your experience you stood by an emergency scene and did nothing. I think you are full of yourself. Your a really classy guy. You should join the department and save the day. It's surprising to see in such a hard time people disrespect there neighbors. Your times and facts are not even correct. They have come to my help and are wonderful people and do everything professionally
Sadness August 12, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Bob, thank you for sharing the details. Hopefully someone official can look into this to see if something can be done differently in the future. Coleman, what's with you? Bob did what he could to help. He stated that he took it upon himself to direct traffic for 20 minutes. How dare you say he did nothing! We are lucky to have neighbors like Bob. You however, I could do without.
bubba March 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
this story is all wrong--it was never finished--the dump truck driver and passenger were both arrested--for switching seats because the kidd operating the mack truck did not have a commercail drivers license--he was given 4050 fine--and i bet the trucks owner or the company his insurance company will drop his insurance.


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