Woman Killed In Fatal Motorcycle Crash That Closed I-95 In Norwalk

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1:42 p.m. EDT, July 15, 2012

NORWALK—A 29-year-old woman died in a motorcycle crash that closed I-95 south for 4 hours Sunday morning.

Police responded to the crash just north of exit 16 at 3:40 a.m., state police said.

Ines Franco, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, had been traveling on a 2006 Suzuki southbound in the I-95 breakdown lane, after one of two other motorcyclists she was riding with, got a flat rear tire, state police said.

A 2003 Ford Taurus, driven by Matthew Smith, 31, of Norwalk traveling in the right lane of the three lane highway struck the motorcycle Franco was riding on from behind, state police said.

Franco was thrown from the motorcycle and came to a final rest in the center lane of the highway, state police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

Everyone else involved in the crash was not injured, state police said.

Smith’s car came to a final rest 400 feet south of the initial point of impact, state police said.

A 43-year-old woman driving a Volvo with two children passengers, traveling in the center lane, veered left to avoid the crash and also struck Franco’s motorcycle, state police said.

Connecticut State Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information about this crash to call Troop G at 203-696-2500.

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