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Sandy Hook Man ID'd As Victim in Fatal Accident

The man's body was found in an SUV discovered in a gully in the woods across from the intersection of routes 110 and 111 in Monroe.


Monroe police have identified the man found dead inside his SUV Monday morning after an apparent accident across from the intersection of Monroe Turnpike (Route 111) and Shelton Road (Route 110).

The victim is Liam Callahan, 42, of 16 Totem Trail in Sandy Hook, police said.

The cause of the accident and associated details are currently under investigation by the Serious Accident Investigation Team, according to a statement issued by the Monroe Police Department on Tuesday morning.

At around 9:39  a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, a Connecticut Light & Power employee slowed his truck down on Monroe Turnpike, directly across the street from the Route 110 intersection, to inspect a pole following last Saturday's storm, when he looked down and noticed a vehicle in a gully off the roadway, according to police.

Monroe police officers, firefighters and Emergency Medical Service personnel responded to the scene, but quickly determined that the male driver — who turned out to be Callahan — was deceased. There were no passengers.

Police Capt. Michael Flick said police did not know how long the SUV was in the woods. He said the mid-size SUV was not visible to a normal passerby because of the heavy vegetation surrounding it.

Callahan is a former Norwalk police officer fired for removing evidence from the scene of a police investigation in 2005, according to an article published by the Hearst Connecticut Media Group. He was later reinstated before resigning last year amidst allegations that he pulled a gun on a patron in a Sandy Hook restaurant, according to the Norwalk Forum.

stacey September 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
How horrible that the article ended the way it did. This man leaves behind a grieving family. Shame on you, Mr. Bittar.
nancy a September 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Agree with you all about that last comment. Liam was a great guy! He was always smiling and kind to everyone. This is tragic and sad. My heart goes out to his wife and young son.
Heather September 11, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Liam was a fun loving Father and a great Friend to are Family. The last paragraph was totally uncalled for, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Richard Hooker September 11, 2012 at 08:40 PM
pulled a gun on a patron in a Sandy Hook restaurant?? Horrible!
schoolcounselor September 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
What's worse is this is also published in the Monroe patch. A town where Liam owned a family business. While I did not know Liam well, I know Laura, his wife, as a wonderful mother and wife who cares about people. She treats everyone with respect and is often seen in the Newtown schools volunteering. Liam may have a history, but he leaves behind a widowed wife and an 8 year old child. Perhaps the author of this article should go back to school and learn what we teach our children in school these days. Empathy, compassion, and digital citizenship. Your article is disgraceful. Your job should be to relay facts. If this is a gossip blog, or Newtown's version of TMZ.com, please inform at once so I can stop visiting this site. I hope you sleep well at night knowing this man's 8 year old son, will eventually return to school as a young 3rd grader, and have his classmates question him about his dead father's history. Shame on you for rubbing salt in the wounds of an already grieving family.
Jennifer September 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Very well said!
Joey d September 11, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I don't know the man, but the last paragraph is a little tasteless.
L.S. September 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
The last paragraph had absolutely nothing to do with this unfortunate event. It is disturbing that the author felt it necessary to discredit this man in his death. Prayers go out to the family.
willie September 11, 2012 at 09:29 PM
W.C No matter happened in the past, he was a great person to work with and caring. God Bless him and his family. He will be missed.
Christine September 11, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I am quite surprised that anyone who allowed this to be published finds that this is classified as good writing along with proper etiquette. We are all human and all have flaws. Clearly this author did not treat this person how he or she would want to be treated in the event of there own death. The general public does not need to know dirty laundry it only leaves for speculation and added drama for those that are truly grieving at this time. I suggest revising this article perhaps pulling it and adding an apology. Even that at this time can't do justice for the family and friends involved during this time. I am truly sorry to hear of this tragic loss. My prayers are with the friends and family at this time. , and no I didn't know these people I felt it appropriate to stick up for the deceased since the editing department felt it right to publish dirty laundry.. somethings you just learn to omit, that's true professionalism.
Big Family September 11, 2012 at 10:19 PM
And not surprising, no responds from the "author" or the "Editor". What about those standards you keep talking about Christine Rose? what a disgrace!
yoda September 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Who doesn't have a history, most of our Presidents cheated on their wives; don't focus on the bad in a person’s focus on the good! Ryan will suffer tremendously!
Kelly McBrinn September 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
All these comments are right on...and furthermore- from Liam's day a police officer in Norwalk. He followed my 3 yr old son and I to the hospital after our bad car accident..he stayed for hours.. He made sure I was okay when they worked on my son. He also came back to visit and make sure Will was okay after his surgery. (he was in the hospital for a month) I think that says a lot more about Liam's character. I will always remember how good he was to me and Will. A real class act. So sorry for the Callahan family.
John Toth September 12, 2012 at 05:06 PM
John Toth The last paragraph was unnecessary and tasteless! There is a veiled inference that his accident may have been even suicidal. What purpose does this information serve other than kicking the man and his family down during this very troubling time. Instead of showing empathy, you would rather dig up the dirt at this terrible time for the Callahan family. You show no class and are devoid of ethics by reporting this type of information
BARBARA September 12, 2012 at 06:57 PM
SHAME ON THE PATCH !!!!! I will no longer follow this on-line news(?) source.
Big Family September 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Christine Rose, If you and Bill Bittar can't muster the decency to apologize for the increased pain you both have caused to the Callahan family and their friends at least pull the dam article down.
donso September 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Concerned resident, I think that the author, Mr. Bittar and the Newtown Patch should make a large donation to Ryan Callahan's Scholarship fund. I hope that I'm able to move out of town before the Patch will find something juicy about me that they feel is newsy.
Renee September 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
SHAME ON YOU BILL BITTAR AND CHRISTINE ROSE!!
Big Family September 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I believe I get it now, Christine Rose and Bill Bittar are wallowing in what they think is a controversial, cutting edge report, but what they are really wallowing in is what even pigs would avoid.
Valerie September 13, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Last night was the first time that I had ever read The Patch, to my misfortune. This article disturbed me on many different levels. 1. If a citizen of Newtown, meets an untimely death on the way home from work, it appears as though Mr. Bittar and Ms. Rose, are more than willing to take the liberty to speculate on the character of the deceased. Are our job performances, past jobs, arrest histories, substance abuse histories, failed marriages, G.P.A's and credit scores fair game? Are we just the sum of our mistakes ? 2.The last paragraph was infuriating and especially in poor taste. It is no easy feat for an officer to be reinstated. Shame on you. He deserved better. Disrespectful to his widow. 3. To post that last paragraph on 9/11 was truly distasteful and disrespectful. It begs the question ? Does The Patch not support law enforcement ? Would a non law enforcement victim be treated like that? Please take note of the businesses that support the patch. 4. The lack of professional ethics and etiquette displayed by both writer and editor is astounding. Journalism is a form of art which neither of you remotely come close to mastering. The grammar school children of Newtown possess more integrity, compassion and aptitude in this craft. I would encourage you to explore other vocational options such as writing for political campaigns. Liam leaves behind 23 family members in Newtown and 3 in Bethel. Not the values of Newtown.
Kathryn Toth September 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
What a churlish excuse for reporting! I realize that the ability to do an Internet search makes it easy to dredge up any old news associated with someone. To recycle it when reporting of their death is truly a nadir of innuendo and insinuation. Such yellow journalism only adds to the trauma suffered by Liam's extended family. It is thoughtless and senseless to try to define a hardworking family man by what may have been a low point in a career. We all live in glass houses but, this is not the appropriate time to cast stones.
Sola September 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM
It is too bad what happened to him, but read the article that the link goes to. He was not a good cop by any stretch of the imagination.
stacey September 13, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Yes, I agree - they SHOULD make a donation to this dead man's grieving widow and young son. That would be a step in the right direction.
Citizen September 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Who doesn't have skeletons in their closet??? Who cares? How do YOU want to be rememberd, Sola? FACT: A loving husband and father met an untimely death. I hope (for your sake, Sola) that someone prints a LOVING and KIND-HEARTED obit for you someday and leaves out all the "juicy" info for your FAMILY'S sake. PATCH is absolute TRASH for allowing this to happen. Liam was not only a friend to me, but someone's FATHER and HUSBAND. God Bless you, my friend... RIP...
Sola September 14, 2012 at 06:58 AM
This wasn't an obituary, it is a news story. I'm sure his obituary didn't mention his checkered police career. And, there is nothing "juicy" in my life. Not everybody has a "juicy" history. Nice try.
yoda September 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Sola, Checkered past or not he is dead, it's cheap and week to pick on someone who can't defend themselves.
Big Family September 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Sola, You should report for the Patch, you have all the qualifications they require, insensitivity, callousness and a total disregard for people that are hurting. Seems like a perfect fit to me.
Sola September 14, 2012 at 01:27 PM
News is news. If somebody gets upset by it, maybe they should go for counseling as that seems to be the trend nowadays for every event that occurs, no matter how trivial.
Big Family September 14, 2012 at 02:02 PM
And so you prove my point! The Patch is waiting for your resume.
Christine Rose (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 03:57 PM
While we deeply sympathize with Mr. Callahan's family and wish them peace throughout this tragedy, we have an obligation to report the news. We know that no single event defines an individual and we therefore encourage readers to continue to share their memories of Mr. Callahan and read the obituary we published: http://patch.com/A-xFHq

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