Police Claim Drunk Driver Involved in Griswold Crash That Resulted in Woman’s Death Was Discovered Concealed in Woods

At the intersection of Taylor Hill and Oakville roads in Griswold, the New London County incident occurred on Sunday, June 9, at approximately 4:45 p.m.

According to the Connecticut State Police, Franklin Post, a 35-year-old resident of Bozrah, was driving at a high speed when he disregarded a stop sign and crashed into a GMC SUV.

According to eyewitnesses, Post and two of his passengers fled the scene on foot right after the crash occurred.

Upon arrival, the troopers discovered an opened driver side door on his Audi, along with visible damage on the front end. Additionally, the other vehicle involved had its airbags deployed.

According to the police report, Charlotte Delgado, a 96-year-old resident of Branford in New Haven County, was seated in the back of the SUV and experiencing severe back pain. Although she was conscious and responsive when authorities arrived at the scene, she sadly passed away later at the hospital.

A 59-year-old resident of Old Saybrook who was also a female passenger in the vehicle, sustained minor injuries and received medical attention. The driver of the SUV, a 68-year-old man from Old Saybrook, fortunately, remained unharmed during the incident.

According to the driver, he was traveling towards the west on Oakville Road and had come to a halt at the four-way intersection when another vehicle collided with him at a considerably high speed. The driver reported this to the troopers.

Investigators were able to identify Post from previous interactions through video footage provided by witnesses.

Several individuals dialed 911 at approximately 7 p.m., reporting a man who resembled him was strolling through a forested region close to Jerome Parkway and Norman Road in Griswold.

He was found by troopers shortly after behind the Indian Ridge Apartments in Jewett City.

Police discovered the individual in possession of a bag filled with fentanyl pills, along with evidence indicating that he had tampered with his court-ordered GPS monitoring device, rendering it ineffective. Additionally, law enforcement officials seized a sum of $4,000 in cash during the incident.

Police reported that Post admitted to using “intoxicating substances” before the accident and displayed clear indications of impairment at the time of his arrest.

He declined to give blood, breath, or urine samples and refused to respond to any inquiries.

The charges against Post include the following crimes:

    • Criminal mischief
    • Violation of conditions of release
    • Interfering
    • Possession of a controlled substance
    • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell
    • Operating under the influence
    • Evading responsibility resulting in death

After being arraigned at the hospital, he was taken into custody and is currently being held on a $1.5 million bond.

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