Woman mourned after fatal accident on Merritt

Police continue to investigate a fatal motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of 34-year-old Hamden resident Carrie Shelomis near Exit 27 on the Merritt Parkway on Wednesday morning in Greenwich.

According to Connecticut State Police, Ms. Shelomis was traveling southbound on Route 15 at approximately 7:30 a.m. when she attempted to negotiate a curve in the road to the left and struck the cement barrier in the median. Her vehicle then swerved to the right and traversed the wooden guardrail, struck a tree with its left side driver’s door and rolled down a steep embankment. The vehicle finally came to a stop on its roof in a shallow part of the Byram River but was not submerged.

 

Ms. Shelomis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prior to her death Ms. Shelomis had been a human resource assistant for the three months at Abilis, a Greenwich agency that provides developmentally disabled people with resources, opportunities and skills that enhance their ability to self-advocate effectively, according to Lolli Ross, the agency’s executive director.

Ms. Ross said the Abilis staff was shocked to hear the news about the “young, lovely woman” who was “professional, kind and always willing to help.”

Staff members began to worry about Ms. Shelomis when she did not arrive at work Wednesday morning and later received a phone call from a state trooper who delivered the tragic news.

“Some people just come on board and they’re a member of the family” and Ms. Shelomis was one of then, Ms. Ross said. “She noticeably connected with not only the staff but with the people we support.”

Everyone from Abilis’ board of directors to the entire staff are in mourning, Ms. Ross said.

In the wake of Ms. Shelomis’ death, the agency is doing everything in its power to aid Ms. Shelomis’ two young children and their father. Nothing has been decided as of yet, but the organization hopes to do something special for the family such as start a fund for Ms. Shelomis’ children in her name.

“Everyone is just keeping her family close,” Ms. Ross said. “She will be greatly missed.”

Greenwich-post.com will have more details as they become available.

 

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