PD: Woman On Way to Cancer Treatment Charged With Traffic Violations

Middletown Police say an East Haddam woman was a passenger in her own car, which was unregistered and uninsured.


A 49-year-old East Haddam woman being driven to her cancer treatment was arrested for traffic violations after Middletown Police discovered her car was unregistered and uninsured.

On Aug. 10 at 10:45 a.m., Christina M. Fernandez-Gevaert of Town Street, East Haddam, was a passenger in an unregistered car driving on Saybrook Road in Middletown, near Clew Avenue. The report says Frenandez-Gevaert, who owns the car, was on her way to the hospital for cancer treatment.

She was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle and insurance coverage fails minimum requirements. She was released on a promise to appear in court.

Peter J.P. Shoesmith August 29, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Observor, you're okay with information being posted about people getting robbed but not about a car being driven ILLEGALLY ? Patch is an information & community resource not hard news. It might help if you being an Observer rather than a "Observor" :-D
Observor August 29, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Pete: The misspelling was intentional when I set up my account. I won't bore you with the backstory. And your comment is foolish. I never said I had a problem with reporting the illegal operation of a motor vehicle. What I object to is publishing information about the owner's health problems that was not relevant to the story. I disagree with Mr. DeRosa's position that it gave context. She was a passenger in her own car, it doesn't matter why. My elderly parents often ask my sister or I to drive them places in their own cars. My wife's car is in only her name but when we go places in it I almost always drive. In the example I gave from my college days the sexual abuse allegations gave "context" to the story; they explained the strained situation that drove a man to commit murder. Nevertheless, publishing that information was totally inappropriate. And to its credit that local paper published a letter from a teacher in which she, as we say nowadays, "ripped them a new one" for what they had done. Hard news or not, posting people's health problems on the internet when there is no good reason to is wrong.
Freedom of Speech August 30, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I don't believe a Police Blotter is even "news" anyway, unless it is important and needed information; for example, repeated car theft, residential robberies etc. We gain no information from this report. It is probably that Patch needs filler. Still, to be a professional, newsworthy media source, in this Patch has failed with posting the police blotter. This is sensationalism at its worst. Too bad. Ronald DeRosa, please tell your superiors that they are wrong to post the blotters. In fact, there are many instances with police blotters when erroneous information was given by the police, or a mistaken arrest was made and no retraction followed up on or posted.
Jennifer Senechal Rau August 30, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I love reading the police blotter. As for disclosing the woman was going for cancer treatment (in police report or not), I'm pretty sure that might violate some HIPAA law or regulation.
Observor August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Not a violation because she herself disclosed the nformation. My guess is that she was hoping they'd let her go if she told them where she was headed but they will never let you go if you're driving unregistered/uninsured. You kill someone a mile down the road and the police are going to have a very big lawsuit on their hands.


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