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Son charged in fatal 2011 crash that killed father

Updated 5:25 pm, Monday, December 16, 2013

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  • New Canaan police arrested Michael M. Savage, 39, the driver in a 2011 fatal accident on Ponus Ridge that claimed the life of his father. Photo: Contributed Photo

    New Canaan police arrested Michael M. Savage, 39, the driver in a 2011 fatal accident on Ponus Ridge that claimed the life of his father.

    Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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After a lengthy investigation, New Canaan police arrested on Sunday Michael M. Savage, 39, the driver in a 2011 fatal accident on Ponus Ridge that claimed the life of his father.

After an arrest warrant was issued, Savage turned himself in at 7 p.m. and was charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle.

Savage, of 119 Clearview Lane, crashed his car at Ponus Ridge and Lakewind Road at about 10:30 p.m., Dec. 22, 2011. His father, James Jackson Savage, 74, of Seattle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses saw Savage leaving the crash scene on foot, according to police. He was found the next morning at Stamford Hospital, police said, with a laceration to one of his hands.

At the time, Savage invoked his right to a lawyer so he wouldn't be interviewed, police said.

According to the report, Savage called 9-1-1 saying there had been accident with injuries before he fled the scene, but the call went to Stamford first and cellphone reception in the area was poor.

Police said the car, a 2009 Maserati Quattroporte, was heading southbound on Ponus Ridge when it veered in to the northbound lane and onto the lawn of 1801 Ponus Ridge. On the property, the car hit a mailbox and a tree before it came to rest on top of a stonewall. Police said the car was totaled and unrecognizable.

In addition to Savage invoking his right to a lawyer and not speaking to police, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said, the investigation took two years partly because police had to communicate with Maserati, an Italian car manufacturer.

"The length of this investigation was due to the fact that when an accident reconstruction occurs, especially in a fatal accident, a lot of information needs to be gathered," Ogrinc said. "Much of the delay had to do with it being a foreign car."

Misconduct with a motor vehicle is a Class D felony. The statute definition reads that "a person is guilty of misconduct with a motor vehicle when, with criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle, he/she causes the death of another person."

He posted $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 23.