BRISTOL – On Thursday morning, police were notified of a serious two-car collision at the intersection of Riverside Avenue (RT72) and Mellen Street. Officers arrived shortly after and found a seriously injured male trapped in one of the vehicles.
The male, identified as Richard Daponte, age 81 of Terryville CT was extricated from the vehicle by Bristol firefighters. Daponte was transported by Bristol EMS to a Waterbury area hospital with head & chest injuries. Hospital officials have listed his condition as critical. Daponte had been operating a 2000 Chrysler Voyager, traveling south on Mellen Street and passing through the intersection of Riverside Avenue. The second vehicle had been operated by Lydell ordon, age 45 of New Britain CT. Gordon was not injured in the collision.
Gordon had been operating a 2007 Freight Liner flatbed truck, traveling west on Riverside Avenue and passing straight through the intersection of Mellen Street. The vehicles collided in the signalized intersection. Neither vehicle had any passengers. As the crash was serious, Traffic Division’s START Unit was activated. Inspectors from the CT Department of Motor Vehicles assisted Bristol officers at the scene as a commercial vehicle loaded with freight was involved in the crash. At this time, the investigation is continuing and no enforcement action has been taken. Witnesses are urged to contact the Traffic Division at (860) 584-3030.