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Off-duty New Haven cop hurt, woman killed in head-on crash on I-91 overnight

NEW HAVEN — An off-duty New Haven officer was injured after a two-car crash overnight on I-91.

A pick-up truck driven by Thomas Murray, from Cheshire, was driving on I-91 north in the left-center lane just after midnight Friday. He was struck by a car driven by Katherine Gavidia, from Hamden. She was driving the wrong way on the highway according to Connecticut State Police. The two collided head-on.

Both drivers were trapped in their cars and needed to be extricated.

Murray, a New Haven officer who was off-duty at the time and heading home after his shift, was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, including compound fractures in both legs and in his pelvis, broken ribs, and several other injuries, according to New Haven police. He remains in serious condition. Gavidia died at the scene.

Chief Anthony Campbell was with Murray’s family overnight at the hospital.

“The New Haven Police Department was saddened upon hearing of the serious injuries sustained by Officer Thomas Murray,” said Campbell. “Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes go out to him and his family during his time of recovery. We also wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the woman killed in this tragic crash and pray for comfort for all those affected by this sad event”.

New Haven police in a statement said they are “breathing a collective sigh of relief that a well-respected brother officer is expected to recover.”

The crash remains under investigation.