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Connecticut man drains swimming pool water on icy road: Accident chaos erupts

Connecticut man empties pool into road during freezing temperatures creating chaos on the street.
Connecticut man empties pool into road during freezing temperatures creating chaos on the street.
Photo: Norwalk Police Department

A Connecticut man who drained a swimming pool into the road during the freezing temperatures blanketing the state this week was arrested. The pool company worker caused several accidents when that pool water quickly turned into a sheet of ice on a rural street in Norwalk, according to the New Haven Register on Jan. 10.

It looked like a scene out of the “Keystone Cops” as vehicles slid down the street sideways and backwards, hitting anything in their way on the solid ice sheet that was once just a road.

The employee of the Swimm Pool and Patio Company out of Darien, Alfredo Bahena-Benitez, 34, was arrested and charged Thursday with misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He is a resident of Norwalk.

Norwalk Police almost didn’t make it up the street to get to the accidents. The police were called to a Flax Hill Rd. accident on Thursday morning and found they too had a tough time navigating on the ice which was formed from Bahena-Benitez emptying the pool with a hose into the road. No one was seriously hurt in this rural pileup.

A woman slid into a guardrail on the hilly and curvy section of the road. An SUV came along and spun out, then it was hit by another car. Another vehicle came along and hit the SUV then it bounced into an on-coming snow plow and salt truck operated by the city. The truck had been called to the scene to treat the ice.

Only one person, a 54-year-old woman, sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital. She was released later in the day on Thursday.

Bahena-Benitez emptied the pool on the road which slopes downhill to an S-turn. This was the type of road you would avoid on a slippery day. He was released on bail of $1,000 and he is due back in court on Jan. 21.