Connecticut mom, 54, intentionally drove car into river killing her and special-needs son, 22, cops say
A MOTHER intentionally drove her SUV with her special needs son into a river and drowned them both in a murder-suicide police revealed this week.
Connie Crowell, 54, and her son Jack, 22, of Connecticut, died in the crash on July 31, The Monroe Sun reported on Wednesday.
Crowell drove into the Housatonic River and the mother and son sunk 16 to 20 feet under water in the crime that police have determined was a murder-suicide.
The SUV went into the river at 175 Roosevelt Drive, a driveway that leads to the river bank, according to The Valley Indy.
It was found floating upside down about 75 yards from the river bank, according to Fox61.
Firefighters and divers tried to get to the car and save the mother and son but both died.
At the time of the incident, a boater saw the vehicle go into the water and made “numerous attempts to rescue the occupants of the vehicle,” Seymour Deputy Police Chief Roberto Rinaldi said.
“However, Connie Crowell refused to acknowledge or accept the boater’s assistance and rescue efforts,” Rinaldi said.
Crowell’s motive was unknown.
Her son, born John Crowell but known as Jack, graduated from Masuk High School in 2017.
“Everybody loved Jack,” local schools superintendent Joseph Kobza told The Monroe Sun.
“He was always happy, always smiling. He just brightened up everyone’s days.”
His mother was involved in the organization Alcohol and Drug Awareness of Monroe and active at the high school.
Kobza said he worked with Crowell when he was principal of Masuk High School and spoke positively of her.
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“She volunteered her time, pretty much my whole time at Masuk,” Kobza said.
“She was one of the driving forces in coordinating our forum on underage drinking.”
Crowell ran the Fairfield Sunset 5K with Jack.
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