A highway tragedy left a 78-year-old retired woman from North Carolina dead. Barbara Dyer died after the Honda Civic she was driving was struck by a Mazda CX-5 in a chain-reaction crash that blocked traffic on I-95 near Stonington, Connecticut. Ms. Dyer, along with her husband Ralph Dyer, were on their way home to Franklin, NC after spending the holidays with their daughter. The husband was lucky to escape death, but the family is deeply saddened by the sudden death of his gentle wife, mother and grandmother. This article will delve deeper into the circumstances of this tragic accident.
Barbara Dyer Car Accident : Fatal Car Crash Claims Life of Franklin Woman Barbara Dyer in Stonington
A Franklin, North Carolina woman has died following a three-vehicle collision on Thursday, with Connecticut State Police still investigating the events leading up to the crash.
Around 11:53 a.m., a half-mile long incident on Interstate 95 near Stonington, just north of Exit 91, occurred.
Law enforcement reports that a Mazda CX-5 driver collided with the rear left corner of a Toyota Tundra and a parked Honda Civic, causing significant traffic backups on Interstate 95.
The collision caused the Honda to careen off to the right side of the road and come to an uncontrolled stop in a ditch. Meanwhile, the Mazda rolled over onto the left shoulder, while the Toyota remained in the left lane.
Tragically, the 78-year-old Franklin, NC man driving the Honda Civic died from his injuries after being transported to the hospital by EMS.
According to authorities, the Toyota driver escaped unharmed, while the Mazda driver is being treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital.
All three involved vehicles were towed following the crash. Witnesses or anyone with video footage of this incident are encouraged to provide information to Connecticut State Trooper Christopher Brett by calling 860-848-6500, ext. 5.
The deceased has been identified as Barbara Dyer, a 78-year-old resident of Franklin. She and her husband, Ralph Dyer, were traveling back home from a holiday visit with their daughter in Boston when the crash occurred.
Long-time Franklin residents, the Dyers have two grown children and three grandchildren. Barbara was a retired elementary school teacher who enjoyed quilting, baking, and spending time with family in her free time.
Ralph escaped the harrowing crash with minor bruises and is recovering at home, though devastated by the sudden loss of his wife of over 50 years.
Their daughter, Alice Dyer, told reporters, “Our family is shocked and saddened by this immense tragedy. Mom was the kindest, most thoughtful woman I knew. She lived to make others smile and her absence leaves a hole that can never be filled.”
The outpouring of sympathy from Barbara’s many friends, former students, and neighbors in the close-knit town of Franklin has provided some solace to her grieving family. A candlelight vigil was held last night to honor Barb’s memory. Her visitation and funeral are being planned for early next week.
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. Charges have not been ruled out for the Mazda driver pending the final results. The Dyer family hopes this serves as a sobering reminder that in an instant, lives can be forever changed on the road. Barb will be lovingly missed and remembered for her selfless spirit by the many people she impacted.