By Associated Press - Friday, October 5, 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Police say a woman driving the wrong way on a Connecticut highway has died in a head-on crash with an off-duty police officer heading home after his shift.

State police say 27-year-old Katherine Gavidia, of Hamden, was driving south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 91 just after midnight Friday when she collided with a pickup truck driven by Thomas Murray, of Cheshire.

Gavidia died at the scene.

Murray, identified as a New Haven police officer, was taken to the hospital with compound fractures of both legs, multiple fractures to his pelvis, broken ribs and several other injuries.

New Haven police in a statement said they are “breathing a collective sigh of relief that a well-respected brother officer is expected to recover.”

The crash remains under investigation.

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