Karlak was a religious missionary who studied at Youth With a Mission: University of the Nations in Denver, Colo., after graduating from Seymour High School in 2006. Pictures on her Facebook page show her working with children in Asia.
The car that Karlak was driving is owned by Employment Options, a progressive social service agency based in Oxford that serves people with various disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. It was unclear whether Karlak worked for the organization, and the employees at the company said they were not talking to reporters as of Friday.
Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Miller-Ward Funeral Home in Seymour. They had not been set as of Friday evening.
Police have identified a woman who died in a motor vehicle accident on Southford Road in Southbury Thursday as Rebecca Karlak, 25, of Seymour.
Karlak was driving a 2009 Chevy Cobalt northbound on Southford Road near the Oxford line when her car veered into the northbound lane and collided with a 2011 Ford Super Duty truck at 2:18 p.m., according to a police report.
Emergency crews responded. Karlak was pronounced dead on arrival.
David J. Serra, 48, of Southwick, Mass., was the driver of the truck. Ambulance crews brought him to Waterbury Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries, according to the report.
The weather was cloudy and the roadway was wet at the time of the accident, the report states. The exact location is listed as Southford Road, about two-tenths of a mile south of the Burma Road intersection in Southbury, which is close to the Oxford-Southbury town line.
The Southbury Resident Trooper’s Office is investigating the accident. Anyone who witnessed it is asked to contact Officer Brian McKirryher at 203-264-5912.
The accident remains under investigation as of the morning on Friday, Nov. 1.