Plainville woman had Oxycodone, alcohol in system when she caused serious crash in April: police

Published on Monday, 25 October 2021 15:57


PLAINVILLE -- A Plainville woman has been accused of mixing Oxycodone and alcohol before causing a head-on crash that left someone with serious injuries.

Lisa Phaneuf, 59, of 85 Forest St., faces charges of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, operating under the influence, reckless driving and failure to drive upon right.

She is free without having to post bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Nov. 22.

Heading east on West Main Street in a Hyundai Santa Fe on April 21 around 11 a.m., Phaneuf crossed over the yellow center lines and struck head-on a motorist who was heading in the opposite direction in a Kia Cadenza, according to police.

The other motorist suffered life-threatening injuries to his head and was admitted to the intensive care unit of an area hospital. Police said he needed surgery and, as of when the warrant for Phaneuf’s arrest was signed, in September, ongoing rehabilitation.

Police said Phaneuf appeared to have a broken wrist and other possible broken bones. She initially refused to go to the hospital before ultimately agreeing to be treated, according to police.

Phaneuf’s blood was drawn at the hospital, about an hour after the crash, showing that her blood alcohol content was 0.06, which is below the limit of 0.08 that is required to drive in Connecticut, according to police. She also had Oxycodone in her system, which she told police she had been prescribed, police said.

Police noted in the arrest warrant that mixing alcohol with Oxycodone can slow breathing and cause drowsiness. They also wrote in the warrant that heavy machinery should not be operated while taking Oxycodone.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 25 October 2021 15:57. Updated: Monday, 25 October 2021 15:59.