BRANFORD — The three victims discovered dead in an accident along Hosley Avenue on Thursday morning have been identified by police.
About the incident that involved Tom Dudchik’s sons:
Megan Nicole Povilaitis, 17, of East Haven, was identified as the driver. According to the Branford Police Department, Anthony Dudchik, 20, of East Haddam, and Robert Dudchik, 22, of East Haven, were passengers in the car. Tom Dudchik, the host of WTNH News 8’s Capitol Report, and his wife, Nora, have two kids, Robert and Anthony who died in the accident. Robert and Anthony were adopted from the Department of Children and Families by Tom Dudchik and his wife in 2007. In a statement, he stated, “They left us too soon yesterday.” “We are grateful for the 15 years they spent with us.” He went on to say, “Today, there are numerous children who are waiting to be adopted.” “Please choose one of them to be your permanent family, even if it is only for a short time.”
How did people react to Tom Ducdchik’s children’s death?
“Please keep Tom, Nora, and the wider Dudchik family in your prayers as they deal with this unthinkable tragedy,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said.
State Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, said he met Robert Dudchik while working as a flight attendant for Avelo Airlines at Tweed New Haven Airport over the last year.
“He was a fantastic young man,” said Scanlon, the airport’s executive director. “We liked having him as part of our airport family because he was one of those rare people that always had a happy attitude, went above and beyond for passengers, and clearly took pride in the work he was doing.”
“We are grieved by his untimely death and will miss him greatly here at Tweed,” Scanlon continued.
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut expressed his sympathy for the Dudchik and Povilaitis families.
In a tweet Friday evening, he wrote, “Just heartbreaking.” “The entire state of Connecticut is rooting for you.” Senator Richard Blumenthal of the United States had similar comments. In a tweet, he stated, “Our hearts go out to the Dudchik & Povilaitis families.” “Words fail us — we’re all with you.”
According to police, Povilaitis “failed to navigate a curve on the road while travelling at an excessive speed,” according to the preliminary investigation. Around 6:35 a.m. on Thursday, a motorist in the vicinity contacted 911 to report an automobile that had crashed off the road. According to authorities, the caller did not witness the collision.
“We acknowledge the immediate and long-term impact that a loss of this magnitude would have on families, friends, and our community,” the police department stated in a statement released Thursday. “The Branford police and fire departments, as well as the First Selectman’s Office, send our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and friends.”
Anyone in need of counselling services is encouraged to contact Danielle Suraci, a police social worker, at 203-481-4241. The incident is being investigated by the Branford Police Department and the South Central Regional Traffic Squad. Sgt. Christopher Romanello can be reached at 203-481-4241 if anyone has information on the incident.