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Father thankful for support after deadly crash in Farmington

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A father works to comfort his children after their pregnant mother was killed in a horrible crash in Farmington.

On Oct. 14, a minivan and another motor vehicle collided on Route 6 near Hyde Road at about 12:30 p.m.

The minivan driver, identified as Melinda Hart, 27, of Bristol, was brought to the University of Connecticut Health Care Center in Farmington, where she died.

Police said Hart was eight months pregnant at the time and her unborn child did not survive.

There were three children inside the minivan at the time of the crash, a 4-year-old girl, Casey, a 6-year-old boy, Collin, and an 8-year-old boy, Caleb.

"They still ask for mommy and the best thing I can tell them is she's watching over us," said Patrick Muscillo, who is the father of Collin and Casey.

Caleb was brought to Connecticut Children's Medical Center via medical helicopter. Collin and Casey were released from the hospital the next day.

Caleb was released Tuesday from the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and is making a speedy recovery, according to Muscillo.

"He's doing quite well, really good. He's happy," Muscillo said. "We are happy he's home right now, walking around and in good spirits."

A woman in the sedan, identified as 86-year-old Ruth Carroll, died as a result of her injuries sustained in the crash. Carroll's husband, Robert, 85, was also brought to a local hospital, where he was being treated for serious injuries to his legs and lower body.

A memorial service and burial for Hart will take place this weekend, two days after her and Muscillo's daughter turns 5 years old.

For now, the family has setup the Melinda Hart Children Education Fund through a local funeral home to help take care of the children. 

  • The Melinda Hart Children Education Fund
  • C/O Rockville Bank
  • 1645 Ellington Rd
  • South Windsor CT 06074

Muscillo said the people in his community have gone out of their way to help out. Recently, a woman standing behind them in line at the store made a totally unexpected move.

"She gave us a hug and a kiss and took care of my items at the register, which blew my mind," Muscillo said.

Muscillo adds the school community has been there too.

"The parents at Edgewood [Elementary School] are coming up to us and making sure the kids are OK and ask how we're doing," Muscillo said. "Only time will tell right now."

Police are still investigating the crash and said it could take months to complete the investigation.

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