A business associate of UConn coach Geno Auriemma, Lloyd Folsom, 55, the owner of Folsom Construction, was killed Wednesday along with an employee when they were electrocuted in a freak accident.
Folsom, the owner of a construction company, died after a dump truck’s bed hit overhead electrical wires Wednesday morning.
Folsom and Connor Betts, 22, received electrical shocks after the truck hit the wires on the company’s Rye Street property about 11 a.m., according to Laura Briggs, an office manager at the company.
It appeared that Betts was injured after he raised the dump bed and it touched the wires, Briggs said. Folsom apparently was shocked later when he went to Betts’ aid, she said.
Folsom was a long-time friend of Auriemma’s and early investor in his restaurant enterprises.
“I’ve known him for a long time,” Auriemma said. “I’ve known for 10 or 12 years. I met him through my accountant. My son Michael called him today and told me. it’s tragic. He helped me [through investment] with my restaurant at the Mohegan Sun. he’s been a good friend. He and his wife are two of the nicest people ever. When you hear something like this it leaves you kind of numb. you don’t know to react. This was his business. He wasn’t one to likely stumble onto something dangerous. He wasn’t that type of person. This was his profession, his company, what he did for as living.”