A Danbury man has been charged in relation to the fatal crash on Route 7 in Redding in which a well known Ridgefielder was killed.
Redding police charged Geraldo Araujo, 50, of Danbury, with vehicular homicide and traveling too fast after being involved the Aug. 17 three car accident that killed Micelina “Micki” Abbate, 69.
Ms. Abbate was traveling southbound on Route 7 in her Nissan Sentra when a northbound Ford Expedition, driven by Mr. Araujo, crossed into the southbound lane and struck Ms. Abbate’s vehicle head on. Ms. Abbate was extricated and taken to Danbury Hospital where she later died.
Mr. Araujo and his passenger, Jussara Araujo were also taken to Danbury Hospital.
Misty Enright, 33, of Stamford, operator of the third vehicle, was not injured.
Responding to a warrant, Mr. Araujo turned himself in and was released on a written promise to appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Ms. Abbate was a well known volunteer in town.
In 1990, Ms. Abbate was one of several wives and mothers of volunteer firefighters who formed the department’s Ladies Auxiliary (her son, Bob Roth, a Ridgefield volunteer for 16 years, is now a professional firefighter in Greenwich). The auxiliary prepared meals and provided other support for firemen who’d been fighting major blazes.
Ms. Abbate later became a member of the town’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), with a speciality of providing rehabilitation services — support for emergency personnel.
She also active in the Ridgefield Woman’s Club, a community service organization.