After Crash, Woman Exits Smoking Car, Collapses

A car crash in Wilton sent one person to the hospital.

After a collision on Rte. 7, a woman exited her airbag-deployed, smoke-filled vehicle and collapsed on the ground last Friday, May 25, at 7:50 p.m. in Wilton, according to police reports.

Police said that Barbara Anchim, 59, of Success Avenue in Bridgeport, was driving southbound in a Dodge sedan when a Honda sedan attempted to turn left out of and into the northbound lane, subsequently causing a front-end collision which was severe enough to have both cars towed from the scene. Anchim was transported to Norwalk Hospital for injuries and was unable to give a written statement from the hospital, reports state.

The driver of the Honda, identified as Edward Marroquin, 25, of Carolina Road, veered to the right after the crash. Anchim’s vehicle swerved from her southbound lane into the northbound lane of traffic, striking another Honda sedan which was stopped and waiting to turn into Wilton Deli, police reports state. The parked sedan, operated by Gerard Spenard, 53, of Wilton, suffered some front end damage, reports state. Spenard said he honked his horn in an attempt to warn the other drivers when he saw an impending crash, reports say.

A witness at the scene in a car behind Spenard said that Marroquin had “turned into the path of [Anchim] where they collided” and also that “after the collision he [Marroquin] moved his vehicle into the left southbound lane of Rte. 7 to protect the scene. The witness gave a written statement,” the police reports state.

Marroquin stated that he did not have a driver’s license, reports say. Marroquin was charged with failure to grant right of way (Conn. traffic law # 14-247) and for operating a vehicle without a license ( Conn. traffic law # 14-36a), according to the reports. 

Dee June 01, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Whats wrong with people? I cant stand driving down rt 7 anymore. People have no respect for other.drivers and even with police at every intersection they are doing 25 miles over speed limit..
Lorna June 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
The original Rt. 7 should have been left as a quaint road for shoppers, locals, day-trippers and sight-seers, and Super 7 should have been built all the way to Danbury, despite protests from people of Wilton and Ridgefield. Instead of having a roadway that provides an economically and logistically necessary high-speed north-south route in western Connecticut, we have wound up with a Band-Aid solution. Think of how much gas is wasted with drivers idling at traffic lights, and thats effect on air quality. The associated wear and tear on commuters' vehicles in the long run does not do our environment any good (think of the manufacturing effects for tires, brake pads, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc.). Look at how many vendors were put out of business during the construction. I shudder to think of the fatalities and accidents that will result from not having NJ barriers or well-spaced lanes when you've got high speeds merely separated by yellow lines. Did the Merritt Parkway wreck the quality of life in New Canaan or Westport? No. Are Darien and Greenwich hideous because of I-95? No. The "NIMBY" factor against Super 7 will ultimately prove short-sighted.
RW June 01, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Agreed, super 7 would have been a perfect solution. Hat about the guy who caused the accident driving without a license?? Another illegal immigrant?
Dee June 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Agreed..super 7 would only improve wilton. And yes....why all these unlicensed drivers? DUI? Enough!
Dee June 01, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Oh and the same idiots who are complaining about super 7 are the ones doing 65 mph down rt 7 that has a speed limit of 40 mph and forget the hassle of trying to merge into one lane at zions hill church...the suv's and audi's and beemers are determined to get 2 cars ahead of my poor honda civic...they'll run me off the road to get ahead of me doing 55 where are all my silver friends when that happens? Grrrr...
Amo Probus June 01, 2012 at 04:46 PM
pave over the Metro North tracks, put in a 4 lane 4 exit expressway from Norwalk to Danbury and put in an overhead monorail for commuters
Eileen June 02, 2012 at 07:16 PM
"Did the Merritt Parkway wreck the quality of life in New Canaan or Westport?" NO, but it doesn't go through the middle of residential properties as the proposed Super 7 would have. And unless you live in the towns affected, keep quiet.
Eileen June 02, 2012 at 07:19 PM
SO agree. Also, those drivers could care less how a Super 7 would affect the people that live in those areas.
Elyse June 06, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Route 7 is now a speedway. I don't know, but I think there were less accidents before it was turned into a highway. The problem with the deli is that yes, sometimes people don't look, but when I've gone to the gas station there, you wait and wait because people coming down 7 are driving like literal bats out of hell. It's rather scary that when you start going out onto the road, the driver HITS the gas to increase the speed. There's very little regard for speed on that road :(


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