State Police identify victim in fatal I-84 off-ramp crash in Newtown

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — State Police have released the identity of a man that was killed in a crash on an exit ramp of Interstate 84 eastbound in Newtown Tuesday morning.

According to Troopers, a car being driven by 64-year-old Gerard Mauskapf, of Red Hook, New York, had pulled over on the exit 11 off ramp just before 9:00 a.m. Upon stopping on the off-ramp, Mauskapf had gotten out of his car.

After Mauskapf got out of his car, another car was approaching on the off-ramp. The second car, being driven by 18-year-old Michael Vitti, of Sandy Hook, struck Mauskapf as well as his car, according to Troopers.

Mauskapf sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Emergency Medical Technicians. Vitti was not injured.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. The exit 11 off-ramp was reopened to traffic at 12:45 p.m.

Troopers are still conducting their investigation. If you witnessed this crash, or have any information that could help Troopers in their investigation, you’re asked to call State Police Troop A at 203-267-2200.