Cherise Sheff Critically Injured in Head-On Crash on Route 66 in Middletown

Cherise Sheff Critically Injured in Head-On Crash on Route 66 in Middletown

Cherise Sheff Seriously Injured in Middletown Car Accident on Route 66 (Washington Street) near Palmer Field

Middletown, Connecticut (January 27, 2020) – The woman who was seriously injured Friday night in a fatal head-on crash in Middletown has been identified as Cherise L. Sheff, 38, of Hartford.

The accident happened at around 11:00 p.m. Friday, January 24 in the area of 485 Washington Street, near the railroad overpass east of Palmer Field. Washington Street is also known as Route 66.

Authorities said Leticia M. Lenno, 38, of South Windsor, was driving a 2017 Nissan Rogue westbound on Washington Street when for an unknown reason, her vehicle crossed over the solid double yellow lines and collided head-on with an eastbound 2010 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 17-year-old male.

Sheff, who was riding as a passenger in the Rogue, was trapped in the wreckage and had to extricated by firefighters. She was then taken to Hartford Hospital in critical condition.

Lenno was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Silverado and his two passengers, Kevin McAuliffe, 54, of East Hampton, and a 17-year-old male, were all transported to Hartford Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to contact Middletown police at 860-638-4063.