Terryville man listed in critical condition after Riverside Avenue crash

Bristol police are investigating an accident that happened on Riverside Avenue Thursday morning that resulted in transporting one of the vehicle occupants to the hospital.
Richard Daponte, 81, of Terryville was listed as being in critical condition at a Waterbury area hospital Thursday afternoon after suffering head and chest injuries in the accident.
A press release said the accident happened a little before 9 a.m. Thursday morning when Daponte was operating a 2000 Chrysler Voyager and was traveling south on Mellen Street and passing through the intersection of Riverside Avenue. The second vehicle was a 2007 Freight Liner flatbed truck, driven by Lydell Gordon, 45, of New Britain, who was traveling west on Riverside Avenue and was passing straight through the intersection of Mellen Street. The release said the vehicles collided, and Gordon was not injured in the crash.
The release said the investigation is ongoing and no enforcement has been taken as of Thursday afternoon. Any witnesses are urged to contact the Bristol Police Traffic Division at (860)584-3030.