Newtown Dump Truck Accident Turns Fatal [Updated]

James P. Walsh dies from injuries sustained in the July 24 accident.

Updated as of noon on July 25:

James P. Walsh, an 80-year-old Southbury resident, has died from injuries sustained yesterday when he was struck by a dump truck on the property of his Newtown mulch business, according to the News-Times.

The original report follows:

An 80-year-old man was transported to Danbury Hospital this afternoon after he was reportedly hit by a dump truck on the premises of his Newtown business.

The victim, James P. Walsh, is the the owner of Walsh Mulch on Toddy Hill Road, according to Fire Chief Bill Halstead. The call came in to the Sandy Hook Fire Department (SHFD) at 2:02 p.m.

Halstead said that Walsh was conscious as he was being transported, but that he had suffered serious injuries. Newtown Police are still investigating the accident and expect to release a report later today.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to add the middle initial of the victim.

Mike Switser July 25, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Pops was a great man and will be missed. My thought are with the entire Walsh family.
Rhonda Cullens July 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
James F. (Jim) Walsh owns JF Walsh Mulch. His 80 year old father, James P. (Pops) Walsh worked there and ran the yard. Pops is the one that was run over by one of their big dump trucks and died 7 hours after arriving at the hospital. He was such a great man and will be missed! According to Jim's quote in the News Times, his dad had just been chatting with the driver before the accident happened. My prayers are with the Walsh family and with that driver. I hope the Patch will be able to get a Newtown reporter to try to fill Hoa's shoes so they can accurately report the facts and the news here in our town. It's a shame that we have to go out to other news sources to find out what really happened after reading the articles in the Patch.
Realist July 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Thoughts with mr walsh's family and with that poor driver.
Cheryl Lynne O July 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
yes, Jim was always nice to me, often we'd talk at the river gardens in heritage Village and he'd tell me about his son's business in Newtown where he worked.[ I lived there with my late Mom till she got sick and we sold her condo in july 2009.]
Laura Lawhon July 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
We met both Jim, father and son while we had a neighboring business, Newtown Sand and Gravel. Both men were always friendly and helpful. Our hearts go out to Jim and his family on the loss of his dad. Laura Lawhon, Houston Texas


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