Police Believed Woman Who Caused Silvermine Road Crash Had Been Under the Influence; Civil Claim for DUI Likely

New Canaan Police had sought at first to bring a charge of driving under the influence against the 51-year-old town woman who in October rear-ended a BMW at 64 mph on Silvermine Road, causing a near-fatal head-on collision, documents show. But after an investigation in which hospital officials apparently failed to test her blood for drugs, the state’s attorney’s office declined to bring the more serious charge, according to an arrest warrant application and police affidavits obtained by NewCanaanite.com. The woman had failed all field sobriety tests at the scene of the horrific accident, which saw a Stamford teen hospitalized for several weeks after suffering multiple traumatic injuries, according to the application. She also appeared disoriented and, though her only physical ailment from the crash appeared to be a bloody nose, contradicted herself more than once while speaking to police in its immediate aftermath, according to multiple affidavits from New Canaan police officers on scene. Police discovered that the woman had access to prescription drugs, and after a Breathalyzer test administered on scene showed no alcohol in her system, instructed emergency room physicians at Norwalk Hospital to test her blood for drugs, the application said.

New Canaan Woman, 51, Charged in Oct. 30 Accident on Silvermine Road

A 51-year-old Harrison Avenue woman turned herself in to police Thursday on a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in connection with an Oct. 30 four-car accident on Silvermine Road. The resident was driving a 2010 SUV westbound on Silvermine at 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, coming down the hill toward Little Brook Road, at about 5:30 p.m. when she rear-ended a BMW, according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, public information officer of the New Canaan Police Department. The New Canaan woman did not step on her brakes and the rear-ending forced the BMW into an oncoming car driven by a teenager and causing him significant injuries, Ogrinc said, citing the speed and travel information from a data recorder.