It hasn’t been a good month for Route 44 near Avon, CT.
Not long after a fiery wreck involving a dump truck claimed
the lives of four people, a near miss involving another truck with failed
brakes was reported on other side of Avon Mountain.
The July 29 fatal wreck happened on the Avon side of the
mountain. The near miss occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 9, on the West Hartford side
of the mountain. This time, however, the driver managed to maintain control of
his truck by downshifting and swerved around the cars that were stopped at a
traffic light at the base of the mountain.
The Hartford Courant reported that the conditions in
this case were eerily similar to those that led up to the fatal wreck on July
29, right down to the criminal records of the drivers involved.
The dump truck driver involved in the wreck, Abdulraheem
Naafi, had previously been charged with drug possession, third-degree criminal
trespassing and resisting arrest. The driver involved in the near miss, Vincent
Watson, was on probation after being convicted of second-degree criminal
mischief. Watson had also been convicted of drug possession with intent to
The July 29 wreck, which involved 20 cars, sparked a public
outcry over truck safety and the safety of Route 44.