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Oxford Woman, 21, Drives Down Embankment

The woman was not seriously injured in the accident.

A 21-year-old local woman escaped serious injury after driving a BMW sport utility vehicle down an embankment and totaling it on Route 67 early Tuesday evening, emergency responders said.

Samanth Diterlizzi, of 4 Butternut Ridge Road, Oxford, was traveling northbound in a 2006 BMW X5 toward the center of Oxford when she veered off the road for unknown reasons just past the Seymour line, according to a police report filed by Oxford Resident State Trooper Michael Dyki, who responded with other emergency personnel.

The accident occurred across from , located at 19 Oxford Road, also known as Route 67, said Fire Chief Scott Pelletier. When volunteer firefighters arrived, the SUV was down an embankment and up against a tree, and Diterlizzi, the lone occupant, was already out of the vehicle, Pelletier said.

He said the woman did not appear to have serious injuries; firefighters stood by as the SUV was towed from the scene by Quality Auto Body. The SUV, which was totalled, is owned by Kevin Matthews, who lives at the same address as Diterlizzi, according to the report.

Diterlizzi, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken by Oxford Ambulance to the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, the report states.

She was issued an infraction ticket for improper/unsafe turn, according to the report.

Jo Fraser August 18, 2011 at 12:39 AM
I was heading home just minutes after the accident. If I had left on time from work, I would have been hit with the debris, on my scooter !!!! Debris was across Rt 67. I don't know how many guard posts she took out, and the SUV was on its side, driver side down on the ground, and the bottom of the vehicle against a tree. She had to be flying !
Paul Singley August 18, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Glad everybody is OK.
Craig Zac August 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Did she fall asleep or something? it can be pretty scary to hit guard rail at a high rate of spped, if its the old post and cable ones, it will actually "Pull" you into it when you hit it. I was cut off in the fast lane on I91 years ago and went up againts the metal post and cable rail, it tore the side of my truck like it was a can opener and slashed the rear tire to shreads.. luckilly i was able to keep it under controll and pull it out and pull over.. what a mess it made and all because someone wasnt using thier mirror when changing lanes.

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