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Police Identify the Driver in the Route 111 Fatality

An SUV was discovered in a gully in the woods across from the intersection of routes 110 and 111 on Monday.

Police identified the man found dead inside his SUV after an apparent accident across from the intersection of Monroe Turnpike (Route 111) and Shelton Road (Route 110) Monday morning as Liam Callahan, 42, of 16 Totem Trail in Sandy Hook.

The cause of the accident and associated details are currently under investigation by the Serious Accident Investigation Team, according to a statement issued by the Monroe Police Department on Tuesday morning.

At around 9:39 on Monday morning, a Connecticut Light & Power employee slowed his truck down on Monroe Turnpike, directly across the street from the Route 110 intersection, to inspect a pole following last Saturday's storm, when he looked down and noticed a vehicle in a gully off the roadway, according to police.

Monroe police officers, firefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel responded to the scene, but quickly determined that the male driver — who turned out to be Callahan — was deceased. There were no passengers.

Police Capt. Michael Flick said police did not know how long the SUV was in the woods. He said the mid-size SUV, was not visible to a normal passerby because of the heavy vegetation.

The family filed a missing person report in Newtown, which Monroe police followed up on.

Callahan owned The Angry Pepper, a hot sauce company employing three people in Monroe. He has a wife and son.

He is a former Norwalk police officer fired for removing evidence from the scene of a police investigation in 2005, according to an article published by the Hearst Connecticut Media Group. He was later reinstated before resigning last year amidst allegations that he pulled a gun on a patron in a Sandy Hook restaurant, according to the Norwalk Forum.

Eric September 13, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Bill, Why did you have to add the last paragraph for? Poor taste.
Eric September 13, 2012 at 02:18 AM
second that!
Eric September 13, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Bill Bittar only had time to dig up negative information on Liam.
Eric September 13, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Try explaining this to Carl below.
Antonia September 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM
STOP. I spent last night with Liam's wife, son and the rest of her devastated beautiful family. The man they have known and loved is gone and they are in agony and grieving. His wife and child are gentle, kind and loving people who would not "love" an unkind man. So, save your opinions about who you think he was and let them remember him as he truly was to them... A passionate, loving and kind husband, father, son in law, brother in law and friend.

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