Rhode Island man charged in 2023 fatal head-on collision in Griswold

A Rhode Island man was charged Thursday in connection with a head-on crash in Griswold last June that killed an elderly man. State police allege he had multiple types of drugs in his system.

Cody Moorehead, 30, was charged in the crash during an unrelated appearance in Norwich Superior Court, according to Connecticut State Police.

A warrant was issued against him in court on charges of second-degree murder, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license, failure to keep the right of way and failure to drive in the proper lane.

The charges stem from a crash that happened on Voluntown Road on June 26, 2023. State police said Zenon Zawadzki, 73, was driving a 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES eastbound when he collided head-on with a 2009 Ford F-550 Super Duty driven by Moorehead at about 9:22 p.m. Moorehead, who was traveling westbound on the same road, allegedly failed to stay in the right lane and veered onto the eastbound side of the road around a curve.

Zawadzki, a Griswold resident, was taken to Backus Hospital in Norwich, where he died, state police said. Moorehead did not report any injuries but was also taken to Backus Hospital for evaluation, according to state police.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Zawadzki's death an accident, and found that he died from blunt force trauma to his “torso and limbs.” Toxicology reports showed there were no intoxicants in his system.

State police wrote in the warrant affidavit that Moorehead agreed to provide two urine samples on the day of the crash, which were sent to the state's forensic science laboratory. Troopers alleged he showed signs of opiate intoxication, including “constricted pupils” as well as “sluggish” speech and movements, the warrant affidavit said.

According to the warrant affidavit, lab testing showed that Zawadzki had THC, fentanyl, norfentanyl and xylazine — a non-opiate sedative — in his system.

Following his arrest, Moorehead was held on a $500,000 bond and was scheduled to be arraigned that same day in Norwich Superior Court.

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