STONINGTON — Continued efforts over the weekend to locate a car that crashed into the Pawcatuck River at the end of Coggswell Street early New Year's Day were again unsuccessful, officials said Monday.
Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said the law enforcement agency, which worked alongside a Connecticut State Police dive team on Friday but were unable to locate the 2007 Saab sedan, had partnered with the Mystic Fire Department again Sunday to search but efforts came up fruitless.
"Mystic firefighters were out with their boat and camera Sunday, checking areas with no luck," Olson said.
Efforts have continued nearly daily since the car, driven by Providence resident Andreas Berry Barbero, 23, drove beyond the end of Coggswell Street and into the river directly behind the Malted Barley around 12:15 a.m. on New Year's Day. Barbero was rescued by Malted Barley bartender Kyle Driscoll, who jumped in the cold, rushing water and pulled Barbero to safety through a broken driver's side window.
State police conducted a 1.6-mile search of the river Friday using sonar and other equipment but were unable to locate the vehicle. Olson said Friday that local officials will keep searching but that with sonar coming up negative, there are few remaining technologies that could help at this point.
— Jason Vallee