Jane and Bill Shannon, two well-known Bethel residents, died after a Brookfield driver crossed the center line on South Street, and struck their car. Bill Shannon was a union official, Bethel Union local 107, and spokesman on union causes for decades. Jane Shannon was a former long-time Bethel town clerk. Police said the accident happened at about 11:45 a.m. Edward Kish of Brookfield died in the accident.
Police said, "Edward Kish of Brookfield was operating a 2001 Honda Accord northbound on South St. and according to witness statements, was slumped over the wheel. Mr. Kish lost control of his vehicle crossing the double yellow line, and striking a 2007 Buick Lucerne, which was southbound on South St. occupied by the operator Jane Shannon and her passenger William Shannon both of Bethel CT."
Police said Kish was 45, Jane Shannon was 78, and Bill Shannon was 77.
After the two cars struck each other, police said they then struck a box truck driven by Roy Bass of Middle River, NY. Bass was treated and released from Danbury Hospital.
This collision is under investigation, witnesses to the collision are asked to please contact Sgt. Rory DeRocco or Officer Lance Brevard of the Danbury Police Traffic Division at (203) 797-2157 or (203) 797-2156.