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5 Storm-Related Fatalities Reported


Five people have died what appear to be snow-related deaths after a blizzard dumped two feet of snow or more on much of the state and brought gusty winds between Friday and Saturday.

A 53-year-old man was found dead in the 3900 block of Old Town Road in Bridgeport at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday. Police said his family members last saw him alive around 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. on Friday.

A relative who was clearing snow found the man on Saturday and called police to report a possible hypothermia cardiac arrest. The cause of  death has not officially been determined.

A 49-year-old man on Darrin Drive in Shelton died from unknown health causes, police said.

Police said the preliminary investigation revealed the male was plowing his private driveway and his vehicle became stuck and it appears he suffered a medical event while shoveling out the vehicle.

A neighbor found the man after his wife became alarmed he had not returned home.

On Saturday night, Gov. Dannel Malloy confirmed a fifth storm-related death, but did not release the identity of the victim or how the person died.

Police said roadways were nearly impassable and a snowmobile with a sled had to be used to help get the male to the ambulance. Emergency medical services transported the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

The chief medical examiner will conduct an autopsy. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

An 81-year old woman died after being hit while she was using a snowblower in Prospect, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy. The driver did not stop, he said. 

Police said on Saturday morning that the woman was hit at Straitsville and Salem roads. The Prospect Volunteer Fire Department responded at 9 p.m.

Mayor Mark Boughton said that there is a storm-related fatality in Danbury. A man slipped on his deck and was found this morning, the mayor said.

Malloy has ordered all roads closed until further notice.

State police called conditions "treacherous" and said even troopers have had trouble getting to drivers.

Troopers responded to more than 230 crashes, most of which were before the travel ban.


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