Trucker killed at rest area on I-95 after car careens into side of his tractor-trailer

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | 12/3/2012

Investigators for the Connecticut State Police say they are still piecing together what happened after a driver lost control of his car on Interstate 95, which rolled, then careened into the side of a parked tractor-trailer, killing the truck driver inside.

Mitchell G. Blankenship, 52, of Boomer, NC, was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT, where he was pronounced dead early Saturday, Dec. 1.

According to the accident summary provided by the state police, Blankenship was asleep in the sleeper berth of his Freightliner while parked at the northbound (Fairfield) rest area on I-95 when a Toyota Corolla, driven by Kevin Rojas, 25, of Stamford, CT, allegedly crashed into the driver’s side of Blankenship’s rig.

Blankenship “sustained fatal injuries as a result of the intrusive collision damage,” the report states.

Rojas and his passenger, Esther Gonzalez, 25, of Bronx, NY, sustained minor injuries and were transported to Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT.

Kathleen Vecca, public information officer for the Connecticut State Police, told Land Line on Monday, Dec. 3, that the crash “is still under investigation.” 

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