Local Motorist Dies In Accident

BERLIN — A local woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident early yesterday morning when her SUV overturned on a windy, rural road in Berlin.

Around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Worcester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash on Cedar Lane Rd. just west of Evans Rd. in Berlin. The preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, later identified as Laura Widgeon, 55, of Berlin, was heading west on Cedar Lane Rd. when she crossed the center line of the roadway, then likely overcompensated and entered the westbound shoulder.

According to police reports, the vehicle then began to rotate and eventually overturned. Widgeon was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle, according to police reports. Widgeon suffered traumatic injuries as a result of being ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner.

The Worcester County Collision Reconstruction Unit was on the scene yesterday morning and the accident is still under investigation.