FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – A crash reconstruction in Fairfield Wednesday night attempted to determine how fast 31-year-old Rosa Chavarria-Medina was traveling when she drove off I-95 southbound and slammed into a convenience store.
Police say Chavarria-Medina had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit when she collided with gas pump barriers and several cars before going airborne into the Cumberland Farms store on Kings Highway East on March 24.
On Monday, police said Chavarria-Medina could have been going as fast as 70 mph. One man suffered a spine injury but no one was killed.
“I really believe that the reason we didn’t have any fatalities was because the barriers (that) stopped all three vehicles that were pushed forward from actually going into the store,” Fairfield police Lt. James Perez said Wednesday.
In court documents, Chavarria-Medina, who has a prior DUI arrest and was driving with a suspended license, allegedly told police she was visiting a friend in Bridgeport and said it was dark and she wasn’t aware of the speed limit.
The crash reconstruction will temporarily close down Chambers Street at Kings Highway East and Johnson Drive, as well as the exit 24 off-ramp, police said. It starts at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, Chavarria-Medina appeared in court and was ordered to be held in lieu of $15,000 bond.
UPDATE 11:30 p.m. Wednesday
Police said the results of tonight’s crash reconstruction are expected to be known by Friday.