Fairfield ‘crasher’ back in hospital

BRIDGEPORT – A local woman, accused of causing the spectacular crash in Fairfield last week that heavily damaged a Cumberland Farms store and injured three people, one seriously, was back in the hospital Tuesday – this time under guard.

Fairfield police said Rosa Chavarria-Medina, 31, who had been taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center after the March 24 crash, pulled the IV out of her arm and left the hospital before police could arrest her.

On Monday she was taken into custody at the Police Department here where she had mistakenly gone to get a police report on the crash for her insurance company.

She was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and operating under suspension. She is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond pending arraignment in Superior Court Wednesday.

Fairfield police said Chavarria-Medina had a blood/alcohol content of .27, more than three times the legal limit. They said she sped her 1998 Maxima down the Exit 24 ramp from the Connecticut Turnpike without slowing down, sideswiped a car, struck the protective curbing around the gas pumps at the gas station in front of the store, sideswiped another car, rear ended a third car before going airborne and smashing into one of the building’s support column with its roof.

Police said a 24-year-old man, whose car was rear ended by Chavarria-Medina, suffered three fractured vertebrae in the crash. A 21-year-old woman, who was in a car with her 1-year-old daughter, suffered severe bruising on her back and legs. Her daughter was shaken up but otherwise unhurt, police said.

When asked by police what happened, police said Chavarria-Medina responded: “It was dark and I didn’t know the speed limit.”

Daniel Tepfer