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Old Lyme Woman Charged with DUI Following Fatal Accident

One motorcyclist was killed and three others injured in a collision with a car on I-95 in East Lyme.


The holiday weekend ended in tragedy when a car collided with a motorcycle on I-95 in East Lyme, killing the motorcycle driver and sending three others to hospital on July 8.

Christiana Morton-Lane, 23, of Old Lyme was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after she failed a field sobriety test following the fatal accident, police said.

According to the police report, the car driven by Morton-Lane initially swerved into the guard rail on the ramp to I-95 South at Exit 72 in East Lyme. After scraping along the wire rope for some 100 feet, the car then crossed the ramp and ran over a grass verge before pulling onto I-95 South, where it collided with a motorcycle driven by Robert Burr, 35, of Clinton.

A second motorcycle, which was following behind Burr’s in the right lane, slammed into the first bike. Both riders were thrown off.

Burr was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. His passenger, Emily Gorin, 30, also of Clinton, was transported to Hartford Hospital via Life Flight with serious, life-threatening injuries. As of last night, police said they were unaware of any change in her condition.  

Dwaine Wilcox, 49, of Westbrook, who was driving the second motorcycle, and his passenger Sharon Gell, 52, of Guilford, were both transported by East Lyme ambulance to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital to be treated for moderate physical injuries.

Morton-Lane was not injured in the collision.  

The accident, which forced the closure of I-95 Southbound and stopped traffic for hours on Sunday night, is still under investigation. Police say Morton-Lane could face additional charges depending on the outcome of the investigation, which is likely to take a month or so to complete. 

Syrenthia July 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM
As a close family friend, we would all appreciate if you would contact the family to get the whole story before publishing this story... We are willing to give you the real story, from the surviving victims who were there... The way this story comes across to the family is that Bob's death was caused by his uncle, which was NOT the case at all! In the end had the driver of the car not been drunk driving, none of this would have happened...
Jayne Keedle July 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I apologize if this wasn't clear. My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of all involved, and I hope that the three people who were injured in this crash are able to make a full recovery.
Syrenthia July 12, 2012 at 05:07 AM
The fact that this story is still posted with misguided information, comes acrossed as "unsympathetic" to us all. Whether its your wording or lack of accurate information, the truth lies with us all. It's hurtful enough knowing that we have lost a loved one, but to be reminded and the world to be misinformed does not comfort us...
Elissa Bass July 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Hi Syrenthia, We have corrected the wording in the paragraph you reference. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Patch will be following up with police when the investigation is complete.
ray Enal July 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM
the police have not yet determined that the accident was because of a Dui Only that the driver may have been under the influence...
Linda Jabren December 12, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I think anyone that chooses to drive drunk and kills anyone should be charged with murder. I had a friend killed the same way approximately 2 months ago. My prayers go out to the families.
Linda Jabren December 12, 2012 at 09:51 PM
There is no "may have been" she was above the legal limit.

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