New Milford Police Chief Involved in Litchfield Crash

The chief of police in New Milford was involved in a three-car crash on Bantam Road in Litchfield on Wednesday afternoon, according to New Milford police.

According to the accident report, Chief Shawn Boyne was driving his department-issued Ford Explorer eastbound on Bantam Road/Route 202 around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was struck by an oncoming car that crossed the double yellow line and weaved into his lane.

Police said the offending vehicle, driven by Gonzalo Valverde, of Morris, also struck a funeral home vehicle driving eastbound, causing it to veer off the roadway and 20 into the woods.

The force of impact was such that Boyne's Explorer tipped over onto the driver's side, spun around and ended up going off the westbound shoulder, according to state police.

All three cars were towed from the scene. Valverde was taken to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington and was later arrested in connection with the crash.

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