Charges Filed and Arrest Made After Accident Claimed the Life of a Plainfield Woman

This article was published on: 12/23/17 2:16 AM by Mike Minarsky

On June 10, 2017, 32 year old Rachel Durbin was fatally injured in a car accident when the car she was a passenger in was travelling on I-395, rolled several times while crossing the median divider.  Durbin was pronounced dead at the scene.  The car was driven by 41 year old Gary Roode who was transported to Backus Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Rachel Durbin left 3 young girls behind who are now being cared for by Rachel’s mother and their grandparents on their father’s side who also passed away due to a heart condition earlier in the year.

An investigation ensued as to how the accident that claimed Durbin’s life happened.  In a conversation recently with Rachel’s mother, who has moved to Connecticut to assist with the 3 girls, she said “I haven’t heard anything at all.”  The Durbin family was finally granted a small piece of closure on December 20, 2017 when Gary Roode was arrested and charged with 2nd degree Manslaughter, Operating  a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, failure to drive in the proper lane, and failure to use a seat belt.

Connecticut State Police arrested Roode in 12/20/17 and processed him at Troop E Montville.  He is being held on $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court on January 18, 2018 at 10:00 am.  In a more recent conversation with Donna Durbin, the victim’s mother, she stated “Christmas came just a little early.”





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