The immensity of yesterday’s violent storm became clear, as word spread that 2 people were killed in the tri-state area.
One of the victims was Fairfield resident Dave Schmerzler. The 54-year-old graduate of Staples High School’s Class of 1983 was driving on the Fairfield side of Sturges Highway at 2:16 p.m., when a large tree limb pierced the car. He died at Norwalk Hospital an hour later.
Schmerzler’s wife, former Staples classmate Donna Taussig Schmerzler, was next to him. She suffered minor injuries. Their adult daughter, in the back seat, was not injured.
Schmerzler — a graduate of Syracuse University — grew up in Westport. Many friends are still here.
“The tragedy is immense,” one said. “Three seconds later, he would have missed it.”