Mom Kills 22-Year-Old Son With Special Needs And Herself By Driving Into River

Police believe a 54-year-old mother and her 22-year-old son with special needs from Connecticut — who died after their SUV was submerged in the Housatonic River last July — was a murder-suicide.

Connie Crowell and her son, Jack, drowned on July 31, 2020, in what investigators believe was not an accidental incident in the least, according to the Monroe SunWFSB, and the Valley Independent Sentinel.

mom kills 22-year-old son with special needs and herself
Image via GoFundMe

Both the mother and son lived in Monroe. Jack graduated from Masuk High School in 2017.

Seymour Deputy Police Chief Roberto Rinaldi announced the news in a press statement.

“On the day of the incident, a boater who was in the area, observed the vehicle go into the water and went to assist and provide rescue efforts,” Rinaldi’s statement reads. “The boater made numerous attempts to rescue the occupants of the vehicle. However, Connie Crowell refused to acknowledge or accept the boater’s assistance and rescue efforts.”

Police said how the SUV entered the water just before 4 p.m. that afternoon, adding the mom deliberately steered the vehicle towards Lake Ousatonic, which is part of the river. The vehicle entered the water near Roosevelt Drive in Seymour.

mom kills 22-year-old son with special needs and herself
Image via Shutterstock

RELATED: Paramedics Save Unborn Baby After Pregnant Mom Killed In Domestic Murder-Suicide

But when rescuers discovered the vehicle, it was upside down, in the water.

“After a lengthy investigation by the Seymour Police Detective Division, this incident has been determined (a) homicide/suicide,” reads Rinaldi’s statement.

According to a report in the Sun this past summer, Connie was well known in the community for her efforts with Alcohol and Drug Awareness of Monroe (ADAM) — which is a group that educates young people on the potential dangers of substance abuse.

Joseph Kobza shared with the outlet how he worked closely with her when he was principal of Masuk High School.

mom kills 22-year-old son with special needs and herself
Image via Shutterstock

RELATED: Mom Shoots 3 Toddlers, 2 Stepkids and Herself In Murder-Suicide: ‘My Demons Won’

“She volunteered her time, pretty much my whole time at Masuk,” Kobza said.

“If it wasn’t on ADAM, it was the Parents Council. She was one of the driving forces in coordinating our forum on underage drinking.”

In addition, he stated how well loved Jack was.

“Everybody loved Jack,” Kobza said. “He was always happy, always smiling. He just brightened up everyone’s days.”

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is THE online place for moms. We cover the latest about motherhood, parenting, and entertainment as well – all with a mom-focused twist. So if you're looking for parenting advice from real parents, we have plenty of it, all for moms from moms, and also experts. Because, at the end of the day, our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for in one safe space.