Police: Driver not at fault in collision with bicycle

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MONROE, CT — A 13-year-old juvenile was taken to Bridgeport Hospital with shoulder pain after his bicycle collided with a jeep in an unmarked crosswalk at the intersection of Cross Hill Road and Monroe Turnpike Friday afternoon.

Police said three eyewitnesses supported the driver’s account that the teen rode his bicycle into the jeep, which had a green light while crossing Route 111 (Monroe Turnpike) to continue west on Cross Hill Road.

The juvenile told officers he was riding his bike south on the sidewalk along Route 111, when he did not see anyone coming and started to ride across Cross Hill Road, before being hit by the jeep.

The juvenile was given a verbal warning for improper operation of a bicycle. He was evaluated by Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel at the scene, before being transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

Police said, technically, a bicycle should be ridden on the side of the road, rather than a sidewalk and the rider should follow all the rules of the road, including, for example, stopping at stop signs and red lights.

DUI on Spring Hill Road

A Trumbull man was charged with DUI Monday afternoon, after losing control of his vehicle on Spring Hill Road, going off the roadway and ending up in the woods, according to police.

Bruce Ennis, 53, of Fresh Meadow Road, was also charged with failure to drive in the proper lane. He was released on $500 bond for a June 8 court date.

Police and firefighters responded to the crash around 3:52 p.m. and found the vehicle in a wooded area on the side of the road, police said.

A witness had reported hearing a loud bang, before seeing the vehicle enter the roadway, then go off the road again, and into the woods, according to the report.

Police said officers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage while talking to the driver, identified as Ennis, adding his eyes were bloodshot and glossy, he was unsteady on his feet and spoke with a slurred speech. Field sobriety tests were not performed to standard, leading to his arrest, police said.

Stolen mailbox

A Cross Hill Road woman reported her mailbox stolen Monday. Police said it was pulled off the post, but the post was still intact. The mailbox is valued at $200.

On Sunday, another Cross Hill Road resident told police her mailbox was damaged.

Crash takes down stop sign

A police officer noticed a stop sign was missing at the intersection of East Village Road and Webb Circle Sunday night, and upon closer inspection determined it had been hit by an unknown vehicle, whose driver evaded the scene of the accident.

Police put up a temporary stop sign and notified the Monroe Department of Public Works that it needed to be replaced.

Vehicle vs. utility pole

A 19-year-old driver escaped injury after crossing the double yellow center line and hitting a utility pole with her 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, while heading south on Cutlers Farm Road early Friday morning.

She was issued infractions for failure to drive in the proper lane and driving without a valid insurance card, police said.

The Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service and firefighters also responded to the crash.

Trench box stolen

A $10,000 trench box was reported stolen from a construction site on Pinnacle Drive Friday.

Police said workers stand in a metal trench box while digging a trench to protect themselves from dirt caving in on them. The equipment is heavy and must be moved by a machine.

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