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Norwalk man recklessly drains pool, freezes road


Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 14, 2014 in Car Accidents

Anyone with a car in Waterbury is familiar with the unique challenges that come with winter driving. More so than at any time during the year, poor weather conditions could easily cause an accident. From snow to wind to ice, bad weather can wreak havoc upon drivers and their safety. That being said, people in Connecticut may have shook their heads after news broke of a pool company employee draining a pool onto a road during freezing termperatures.

It was reckless and negligent for the employee to dump any kind of water on the road in such temperatures, much less a whole pool's worth. Police agreed, arresting the 34-year-old with misdemeanor reckless endangerment. The man is very lucky that only one woman suffered minor injuries after trying to drive across the ice sheet created by the freezing pool. Had there been more serious or even fatal injuries, he could have found himself facing a number of personal injury lawsuits.

The employee had been called to a home to empty a pool uphill of the road. Unthinkingly, he drained the pool down hill, creating a treacherous ice sheet on the "S" bend in the road. At least five vehicles were involved in subsequent car accidents, including a city plow and salt truck.

One of the women involved in the crash was taken to the hospital, but was discharged later in the day.

The pool employee was taken to jail and later released on bail. He will head back to court later in the month.

Source: The Associated Press, "Conn. worker charged with causing car crashes after draining pool onto road in freezing temps," Jan. 10, 2013