Stamford Police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher announced Wednesday the driver involved in an accident in the city Tuesday in which a motor vehicle struck a house unexpectedly passed away less than two hours following the incident.
Gallagher identified the driver of the 2010 GMC Terrain as Carol Pavia, 79, of Toms Rd. Pavia was a long-time employee of the Stamford Public School District.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of Mrs. Carol Pavia," said Dr. Michael Fernandes, principal of Turn of River Middle School where Pavia had been a secretary since 1979, in a written statement. "Carol has been a valued and important member of the TOR community where she has served since 1979. Carol cared deeply about our children and demonstrated that each and every day. Her passing is a great loss to the TOR family and the Stamford Public Schools."
According to Gallagher, Pavia was traveling along Pepper Ridge Rd. when she attempted to navigate a turn onto Turner Rd., at which point she struck a 1990 Toyota Corolla stopped on Turner Rd. at the stop sign there.
Gallagher said Pavia continued along Turner Rd., where she drove up a small hill, across the front lawn of 98 Turner. Rd., struck an unoccupied 2011 Ford Taurus parked in the driveway there, continued through some shrubbery before striking the rear corner of the unoccupied home at 6 Cody Dr, where she came to a rest.
Gallagher said a Long Ridge Volunteer Firefighter and his brother, who he did not identify, lived a block away and heard the tone go out. They ran to Cody Dr. and were the first responders on the scene. Gallagher said the firefighter reported the woman to be awake and aware of her surroundings and the incident when they arrived.
Less than two hours later, Gallagher said Pavia had passed away unexpectedly from complications that occurred during her transport to the hospital. He said though she was 79, family and community members described her as vibrant.
Pavia was an employee of the Stamford Public School District since 1972, when she was hired as a media aid for Rogers. In 1979, she transferred to Turn of River, where she remained as a secretary until her passing.
"We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Carol," said Sharon Beadle, Public Relations Liaison, on behalf of the district. "She was a beloved member of our community and will be missed dearly."