Police: Ansonia mom was on drugs prior to crash that killed daughter

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nyah-and-willoubyANSONIA — Police say an Ansonia woman charged in the death of her 6-year-old daughter had drugs in her system when she was involved in the fatal August 2015 crash in Shelton.

Joan Willoughby, 37, was charged on July 22 with negligent homicide, transporting a child under 6 without proper restraint, failure to drive at a reasonable distance, operation of a car without a license and lack of mandatory security requirements following a nearly year-long investigation into the death of her daughter, Nyah Marcano.

Police say Willoughby rear-ended a truck stopped for construction along state Route 8 at a high rate of speed, making her SUV turn over and go off the highway into the grass median. Marcano was ejected from the SUV and died at the scene.

The Connecticut Post reports that Willoughby’s arrest affidavit says testing showed the narcotics morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone were present in her system at the time.

She was released on $10,000 bond.