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Danbury Police Identify Three Killed In Crash Following Chase

The fatal accident occurred near the park-and-ride lot, upper right, near Exit 2 of Interstate 84 in Danbury, across from Trader Joe's.
The fatal accident occurred near the park-and-ride lot, upper right, near Exit 2 of Interstate 84 in Danbury, across from Trader Joe's. Photo Credit: Google Maps/Streetview

DANBURY, Conn. -- Three victims of Saturday's fatal car crash have been identified by Danbury police, according to the News-Times.

They are all of Danbury: driver Raymond Rivera, 31; Waner Nunez, 29; and Nelson Osegueda, 36, said the report.

The man and two female passengers were traveling in a Nissan Maxima when it crashed into a pole in the Mill Plain Road crash, according to the News-Times.

The women, also of Danbury, Beatriz Grajales, 34, and Elena Albarran, 23, were taken to the hospital for injuries, the report said.

A memorial with flowers and messages was set up by the pole by mourners of the men, said the News-Times.

There was a vigil in the parking lot near the site Monday night, said the News-Times, citing Facebook.

Putnam County, N.Y., Sheriff Donald B. Smith said the car that crashed had fled from an attempted traffic stop in Putnam County.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton described the early-morning scene on Mill Plain Road as a "horrible" crash.

The incident began when a Putnam County deputy sheriff was in a marked cruiser on patrol along Route 6 in Southeast, about three-quarters of a mile from the New York-Connecticut state line about 4:20 a.m. Saturday, Smith said. The deputy saw an eastbound car being operated erratically and swerving over the centerline of the road, Smith said.

The deputy, suspecting that the driver of the car was intoxicated, turned on his lights and siren to pull over the car, Smith said. The driver did not comply and continued to drive east toward Connecticut, with the deputy following, initially at speeds below the posted speed limit, he said.

When the suspect’s car, a white Nissan Maxima four-door sedan, was about a quarter-mile from the state line, it accelerated, Smith said. The deputy followed the car across the state line and radioed the Sheriff’s Office headquarters to notify the Danbury Police Department to be on the lookout for the car, he said.

About three-quarters of a mile into Connecticut, the deputy decelerated and turned off his siren, Smith said. The suspect’s car continued to accelerate and, about 15 seconds later, it ran off the roadway and crashed into a metal utility pole at the intersection of Mill Plain Road (Routes 6/202) and Milestone Road in Danbury near the Trader Joe's strip mall.

Click here to see the story in The News-Times.

Daily Voice coverage of the crash is here.

Click here to read Daily Voice's first report on the crash.

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