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Norwalk Mayor: I-95 Driver Wanted After Drug Deal

NORWALK, Conn. – A woman accused of causing a three-car collision on Interstate 95 in Norwalk on Wednesday was being followed by Norwalk police before she got on the highway, Mayor Richard Moccia said. Police suspected Rachel Wood, 31, of Bridgeport, was involved in a drug deal shortly before the accident.

"They observed a drug deal, they followed her up onto 95 and they were in the process of wondering if they should start the chase," Moccia said Friday. "We have the tape. The sergeant said disengage, don't enter a high pursuit. Matter of fact, when they tracked her down after the accident, she then said police were not chasing her."

State police said that when Wood got on the southbound side of the highway at Exit 15, the 2004 Toyota Solara she was driving hit the side of a vehicle in the far right lane. That vehicle hit a box truck in the middle lane. The box truck flipped over, hit the concrete barrier and caught fire. Its driver was seriously injured and was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition the next day. Three other people were taken to Norwalk Hospital, were treated and released.

Traffic was backed up for miles. Wood was arrested at 92 Cedar St. about two-and-a-half hours later, at 7:55 p.m. She said she was smoking crack, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. She was charged with two counts of failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and operating on a suspended/revoked license.

"She was smoking crack," Moccia said. "We never entered a high speed chase with her. We observed what we thought was a drug deal going down, followed her onto 95."

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