Written warning for Southington officer who crashed into parked car

Written warning for Southington officer who crashed into parked car

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SOUTHINGTON — A police officer who crashed into a parked car Sunday night was issued a written warning after the accident that sent three people to the hospital.

Officer Michael Locastro was driving west on Lazy Lane just before 9 p.m. when he hit a parked car with its hazard lights on. Two occupants went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries along with Locastro, who went as a precaution and was quickly released, according to police.

Police Lt. Stephen Elliott said the department is working to finish a report on the accident.

Locastro was going 40 miles per hour shortly before the accident. His speed dropped to 13 miles per hour and then zero according to Elliott, citing department records of vehicle speeds.

“He came over the crest and didn’t expect to see a car there,” Elliott said.

The police department is located at the other end of Lazy Lane. Locastro didn’t have his lights or siren on at the time of the crash.

The posted speed limit on Lazy Lane is 25 miles per hour.

Salvatrice Manuele, a Lazy Lane resident, said speeding has been a problem on the road since she moved in 18 years ago. She’s asked for speed bumps to slow traffic.

“Everybody speeds. The cops speed a little bit more,” Manuele said.

James Verderame, chairman of the Board of Police Commissioners, said speed bumps weren’t practical for Lazy Lane and could interfere with emergency vehicles responding to calls. He understood residents’ desire for them, though.

“I think everybody would like to have speed bumps on their roads,” Verderame said.

He declined to comment on the issue of police speeding.

“It’s still being investigated so I really can’t say anything,” Verderame said.

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