Police: New Milford man identified as driver in Redding pond crash
REDDING — Police have identified the driver of a car that crashed into a pond at Putnam Park over the weekend, after a search of the pond and the vehicle came up empty.
Police were called to Putnam Park off Route 58 near the Bethel line Sunday night for a vehicle partially submerged in the lake, said Police Chief Mark O’Donnell.
Two hours later, dispatchers received a call from John Macchiaverna, who told police he was the driver, O’Donnell said.
The 24-year-old, a New Milford man, said he was unhurt in the crash O’Donnell said.
The car was southbound on Route 58 when the crash occurred, O’Donnell said. Route 58 runs close to the pond at Putnam Park. The banks are muddy and mostly covered in cattails and other vegetation.
The West Redding Volunteer Fire Department responded, and a scuba team from Newtown searched the car and the lake, but did not find anyone, the fire department said.
Police said a man was spotted walking on the road, but was not at the scene when first responders arrived.
O’Donnell said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Putnam Park covers an area on both sides of Route 58. The park draws its names from the ruins of a camp where General Israel Putnam and his troops spent winter during the Revolutionary War.