Teen Killed in Route 25 Accident Confirmed as Chris Mulligan [Update]

Traffic delays continue as police investigate.


Police have confirmed the pedestrian killed in an accident on south Route 25 at about 5:21 p.m. Wednesday as Chris (Christopher Lee) Mulligan, 18, of Newtown. Mulligan was allegedly crossing Route 25 at the intersection of Button Shop Road when he was hit by a white box truck heading north and died at the scene.

The driver was Otamir Cordeiro, 64, of Waterbury, according to reports.

The accident is still under investigation, according to police. Route 25 is expected to reopen around midnight.

Update: 8:12 p.m.

Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe confirmed to Patch that a pedestrian was killed tonight after being hit by a truck on Route 25. The person's identity has not been released.

Police remain on scene investigating, and traffic delays continue.

Update: 7:15 p.m.

A section of Route 25 from Huntingtown to Button Shop is closed after the accident, say drivers who have been caught in the traffic. Police have redirecting traffic. Police report that the area may be closed "for some time" as the investigation continues.

Drivers report being stranded in Sand Hill Plaza, as Main Street is still closed, and delays are upwards of 45 minutes to reach detours. Drivers report detours are available on Toddy Hill Road and Orchard Hill Road.


Original Story:

Multiple police and emergency vehicles are on the scene after an accident on Route 25 near Button Shop Road. Southbound traffic is backed up for nearly a mile. Police confirmed the accident, but could provide no more information at this time.

Patch will provide updates and details as this story develops.

G November 29, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Both the Newtown Bee and the Danbury News Times have reported the victim's name as Chris Mulligan of Newtown. Yes, the same Chris Mulligan who's had some trouble with the law recently. Way to stay on top of the news, Patch. RIP, Chris Mulligan.
yoda November 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM
So much pain for that family, my prayers are with you!!
Happyat50 November 29, 2012 at 12:12 PM
My heart goes out to the Mulligan family and friends. I can't imagine what they must be going through right now. The love an support I am seeing from the children of Newtown is a tribute to Chris. RIP, Chris. Be at peace.
shaul Praver November 29, 2012 at 04:21 PM
My heartfelt condolences to Chris's family.....I am so sorry Rabbi Praver
Tom Bittman November 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
To whoever is in Newtown: supporting a community means supporting the kids in that community. Take a little time out of your day to bake something, grab some treats from Big Y, or some coffee from Dunkin' and take it over to the Skate Park at Dickinson between 3:30-5:30pm. We can't change the past but we CAN impact the way we act in the future. Choose to act with kindness instead of hate.
David Klang November 29, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I'm with Tom Bittman on this, but I think there's more to it than providing snacks and goodies (although that, at least gets you in front of them). I think we have to consider all of our kids to be "at risk," and make sure they have positive outlets. I'm a Scouter, so I automatically think of BSA, GSA, Venture Crews and so on, but there are many other places that provide that positive experience. I never met Chris, but wish I had. Not saying I could have made a difference, but I would have liked the chance to try.
Shawn Wadelton November 29, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Chris was one of my favorite people I ever met in my lifetime. My condolences to his family and friends. Terribly sad losing such a great person so early in life.
Why? November 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Could you please give this family and the entire town for that matter a break from your judgmental tone regarding the police activity and this child. There is no connection whatsoever, it was just a terrible tragedy.
Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 01:29 PM
My sincere condolences to the family & friends of Chris, as well as the truck driver. He should not have to be burdened with the guilt of such a tragic accident.


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