Fatal accident shuts down Rt. 12 for a day

NORTH NORWICH – A City of Norwich man was killed Monday when the car he was driving swerved into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer. The accident closed the state highway for most of the day.

New York State Police said Leolin M. Parker, 48, was found dead inside his black 2007 Chevy Cobalt at approximately 8:11 a.m. by the first emergency personnel at the scene.

The New York State Police Accident Reconstruction Team processed the site Monday and investigators believe that Parker’s four-door sedan crossed the center divide right into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer carrying 30,000 pounds of cargo. Police said Parker was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and his air bags had deployed.

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