UPDATE: 4 p.m.: FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield police have released video of an accident captured by a security camera at Miller Nissan, located across the street from the crash scene at the Cumberland Farms.
The accident involved six vehicles with numerous injuries. Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina, 30, of Bridgeport, was traveling south on Interstate 95 and got off at Exit 24 for Chambers Street. Her Nissan Maxima continued south off the exit ramp and came to rest at Cumberland Farms after striking five other vehicles, the Fairfield Police Department said in the post.
There was an indication of intoxication and a high rate of speed, police said. The crash remains under investigation.
Original Story: Fairfield police were trying to determine why a woman sped off the ramp for Exit 24 on Interstate 95 southbound, hitting five other cars and damaging the Cumberland Farms store Monday night.
Just before 9 p.m., a 31-year-old woman from Bridgeport with an international driver's license sped off the exit ramp and crashed, police said. The accident sent four people, including an 18-month-old girl to the hospital, police said.
The woman had been driving erratically before the accident, witnesses told police. She reportedly side-swiped a car coming of the exit ramp before speeding across Chambers Street and into the parking lot of the Cumberland Farms, police said.
The driver then hit a car parked at the pump, hit another car driving through the lot with enough force for that car to hit another, which the first drive then hit, police said.
The car stopped at the vertical barriers in front of the store, flipping vertical and damaging the building before hitting a fifth car, police said.
Employees at the Cumberland Farms initiated a full stop of the gas pumps, police said. They called the fire department to report a blaze, which they were able to put out with an extinguisher, police said.
When firefighters arrived, they extricated the driver from her car and transported her and three others to a local hospital, police said.
Officers were investigating every angle of the incident, but had not issued any charges in the crash.
Until all the evidence has been collected, from blood samples to an examination of the car, no charges will be filed against the driver, Fairfield Police Sgt. Sue Lussier said.
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