2 Killed in Crashes Over Holiday Weekend

State police responded to two fatal crashes over the long holiday weekend, issued thousands of tickets and charged 51 drivers accused of driving under the influence. 

Between 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, state police issued 1,263 tickets for speeding, 903 for seatbelt violations and 4,111 for hazardous moving violations, including unsafe lane changes, following too closely, using a cellphone while driving or texting while driving. 

State police also investigated 447 crashes, including 74 with injuries. 

One fatal crash was on Route 8 in Waterbury on Saturday morning and the other was on Route 44 in North Cannan on Sunday evening. 

Melvin Gordils, 26, of Bridgeport, was on foot on the Route 8 exit 33 ramp to Interstate 84 West when he was hit by a car just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police. 

Ronald Westerveit, 74, of Shokan, New York, was killed in a crash on Route 44 in North Canaan just after 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to state police.  

Over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend, police investigated two fatal crashes and issued 1,254 tickets for speeding, 1,454 for seatbelt violations and 4,548 for hazardous moving violations. 

They made DWI arrests and investigated 285 crashes. 

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