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Fairfield Police Probe Fatal Rollover on Unquowa Road

A 69-year-old Fairfield man died, police say.

[Editor's note: This report was updated at 6:15 p.m. to include additional information from the Fairfield Fire Department.]

Fairfield police are investigating a fatal Jeep rollover that occurred Tuesday afternoon on Unquowa Road, in front of Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

Peter Rainone, 69, of Winnepoge Road in Fairfield, the driver of the vehicle, was unconscious and unresponsive when officers arrived on scene, according to a release from department spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier.

Emergency personnel immediately started CPR and attempted advance life support at the scene before Rainone was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by the emergency room doctor, according to the release.

The preliminary investigation revealed no one else was in the Jeep Wrangler and no other vehicles were involved. Police determine that the Jeep was traveling eastbound on Unquowa Road when it drifted across the center line, continued to travel off the shoulder, struck a tree, and rolled over onto its side, according to the release.

According to a release from the Fairfield Fire Department, an off-duty Yonkers police officer assisted first responder Police Captain Donald Smith in attempting to stabilize the victim before emergency personnel arrived. The officer, described by the fire department as a Good Samaritan, said he lived nearby and had seen the rollover.

Accident investigators continue to investigate the scene. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Joeseph Biff October 24, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Top heavy vehicles like SUVS and Jeeps roll over easily.Many people don't realize this.
fatmancarruthers October 24, 2012 at 09:02 AM
Heart attack?
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Police are waiting from results from the state medical examiner to determine the cause.
fairfield friend October 25, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I'm friends with the family, peter was a good man, a good husband, a good father...such a sad loss

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