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State DOT Worker Dies After Being Hit by a Vehicle on Route 8

The northbound side of the highway is closed as state police respond to the accident near the border between Naugatuck and Waterbury.

A 21-year veteran state Department of Transportation worker has died after being struck by a moving car near Exit 29 on Route 8 in Waterbury just past the Naugatuck town line. 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman released the following statement regarding the death of Daniel Dinardi, the 41-year-old DOT general supervisor who was killed: 

“We are extremely saddened by the death of Dan Dinardi.  Our sympathies and prayers are with his family and friends as they are grieving his loss, and with his colleagues who have been deeply shaken by this terrible event.  Connecticut has workers who, in the course of performing their jobs, are at risk every day.  This tragedy reminds us to reflect on their efforts, and to recognize their dedication and commitment.  We must do everything we can to keep our workers safe. We are grateful for Mr. Dinardi’s 21 years of service to the Department of Transportation, and all that he has done to make this state a better place.” 

 The Governor and Lt. Governor remain in close contact with Commissioner James Redeker, Department of Transportation, and will assist the Department with any needs, according to the news release.

Lt. J. Paul Vance, state police spokesman, said the incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. in the area just north of Exit 29 in Waterbury.

Vance said there are few details beyond that, and that the state police are currently responding to the scene.

As of 5:40 p.m., the northbound side of the highway is closed off and traffic is being diverted off of Exit 29 in Naugatuck.

Check back with Patch for more information. 

sally perzanowski March 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM
How truly sad.i wish his family peace of heart in such troublesome times.
Katie March 22, 2012 at 11:04 PM
My prayers go out to the family
Colleen McCready March 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of Dan.
Jean Oliver March 23, 2012 at 01:26 AM
My sympathy to the family. I travel Route 8 every day and although I don't know the circumstances, there are always accidents on this road. People drive carelessly, speed, weave in and out, and are impatient. I'm extremely disappointed in the drivers of CT. Everyone is in a rush, tooting if you happen to take a minute to check your distance from them. I wish the police would monitor this area more closely.
CMG March 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Sympathy and prayers to the family and friends. I too travel Route 8 daily and most of the people ARE COMPLETE MORONS! I would like to know where our state cops are...because they certainly aren't on Rt. 8 or Rt. 25 during morning and afternoon rush hour. I was on Rt. 8 yesterday afternoon when fire trucks and ambulances where trying to get to an accident by Exit 13 S and the moron in front of me almost pulled into the path of a fire truck becuase he was anxious to get in front of the guy pulled over in front of him. I am so sick of being tailgated when I am doing 60. Sorry people, the speed limit is 55! If there is traffic in both lanes and I'm in the fast lane doing 60, I have every right to be there and will move over when I can. But if I can't, GET OFF MY TAIL! This state is getting to be like MA, NJ and NY. We really need the cops out during morning and afternoon rush hour, not the middle of the day!

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