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Driver Facing Charges After Collision that Killed Retired Police Officer

November 17, 2018

PROSPECT, CT- The writes that a driver has been arrested in connection to a crash that left a retired police officer dead.

The driver, Elise Gamauf, 20, is facing charges for “negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and failing to obey a stop sign.” 

Police reports indicate that Gamauf violated a stop sign and droveinto an intersection in Prospect last March. Gamauf hit a Jeep pushing that vehicle into a pickup truck. 

Rocco Mastropietro Jr., 67, and his wife were in the pickup truck. Mastropietro was transported to the hospital following the crash but died two days later from the injuries that he sustained. 

The retired police officer had previously served with the Naugatuck police department and as the Naugatuck High School’s head of security. 

Gamauf is scheduled to appear in court later this year. 

Stop sign controlled intersections account for a large percentage of intersection collisions in the United States. In some cases, drivers run straight through a stop sign without even slowing down, but in most of these crashes, a driver stops and then enters the intersection despite the fact that it is not clear or that he or she does not have the right-of-way. Sometimes the intersection has poorvisibility that increases the likelihood of an accident taking place, but in many cases, drivers simply are not paying attention to the road. 

Studies have indicated that there are different intersection options that can increase safety and reduce the number of collisions. Options such as roundabouts tend to have fewer crashes. These studies could be used to make roadway designs better and safer for everyone on the road. 

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