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State Senator Andrew Maynard Could Face Charges in Connection With Accident

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Sireci's Automotive in Waterford, where Sen. Maynard's car was initially taken after his crash.
Sen. Maynard's attorney said Maynard has no plans to resign.

Police are still waiting to interview State Senator Andrew Maynard after the crash which landed him in hospital for three days. His attorney has told police he won't be available until at least next week to give his version of the events on Route 32 last Thursday.

Lieutenant David Burton of Waterford Police said Maynard was traveling the wrong way on Route 32 when his car hit an SUV.

"The vehicle operated by Mr. Maynard was traveling southbound in the northbound lane, and there was a glancing strike against another vehicle that was traveling northbound," Burton told WNPR. "Mr. Maynard’s vehicle came to rest in a ditch."

Maynard was taken unconscious from the scene to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London; he had suffered a concussion. The other driver was not seriously injured, but both cars were totaled. 

Maynard was traveling from a meeting at the legislature in Hartford back to his home in Stonington -- but officers are still trying to determine exactly why the accident happened.

Maynard is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury he suffered in a fall from the steps of his home in July 2014. His attorney Robert Reardon said Tuesday there's as yet no indication whether his medical condition played a part in the accident.

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Sen. Maynard's attorney, Robert Reardon.

Reardon said Maynard is now out of hospital, but he’s being monitored.

"He had a severe concussion right on the forehead. He had a terrible abrasion, probably from the airbag hitting him," Reardon said. "When you have a pre-existing brain injury and then you suffer a severe concussion to your head, there’s a lot of chance you might suffer additional permanent injury. So far, it appears that is not the case."

Reardon said Maynard told him over the weekend that he has no plans to resign, and fully intends to be at the Capitol when the legislative session opens on February 3.

Lt. Burton of Waterford Police said they will wait to interview Maynard when he's ready.

"We talk to both operators to find out what their perspective is, and then we deem if it's necessary to take any enforcement action," Burton said.

But Burton added that there may be mitigating circumstances. "Road conditions; weather conditions; conditions of the operator -- those are all things that we have to take into consideration," he said.

Harriet Jones is Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio, overseeing the coverage of daily stories from our busy newsroom.

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