It has been a horribly busy Labor Day weekend for the Enfield Police traffic division.
Police are investigating two separate car accidents that took the lives of two Enfield residents and a woman from Suffield, according to Enfield Sgt. Charles Grasso, the traffic supervisor for the department.
"In the 12 years that I've worked, this has been an usual and extremely busy weekend," Grasso said Monday afternoon.
The first fatal accident of the weekend occurred Sunday morning when a passing motorist saw a motorcycle off the road on North Street. Police and emergency personnel responded and discovered that Joseph Allen Beck, 37, of Longview Road, Enfield, had been killed when the motorcycle he was riding left the north side of the road and struck a series of trees, according to police. Beck was pronounced dead at the scene at a little before 2:30 a.m., Grasso said.
The second accident occurred 16 hours later when police and emergency personnel responded to a two-car head-on collision on Route 5 (Enfield Street) near Broadleaf Lane.
According to Grasso, a vehicle traveling north on Route 5 swerved into the southbound lane for an unknown reason, directly striking a car traveling in the south direction. The two women in the vehicles had to extricated by Enfield fire personnel and taken to nearby hospitals, where both were pronounced dead.
Grasso did not identify which woman was the driver of the vehicle that crossed the centerline, saying that the investigation was ongoing.
The women killed in the collision were Laurie Angilly, 58, of Cottage Road, Enfield, and Davetta Curtiss, 76, of South Street, Suffield, according to Grasso.
Enfield EMS transported Angilly to the St. Francis Medical Center in Hartford and Curtiss to Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA, by ambulance.
The fatal accidents were three of six that Grasso is helping to investigate in his capacity as the commander of the Metro Traffic Reconstruction Team in north central Connecticut.
"Statewide, this has been a bad weekend for fatal accidents," Grasso said. "People should be very cautious in their driving. It's been a very, very busy weekend for traffic. People should pay extra attention to their surroundings," the sergeant said.
Enfield police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed either of the accidents on Sunday to please call the traffic division at (860) 763-6400 ext 8920.