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Officials ID Driver, 19, Killed In Danbury Crash After Bethel Police Chase

The crash occurred at 79 Coalpit Hill Road, less than a half-mile from where the police pursuit began.
The crash occurred at 79 Coalpit Hill Road, less than a half-mile from where the police pursuit began. Photo Credit: Google Maps

DANBURY, Conn. — Police have identified the driver who died after crashing his car into a tree in Danbury Saturday morning while being pursued by Bethel Police.

The driver was identified as Joseph Edward Rothenbucher, 19, of Danbury, according to WLAD.

The accident took place at around 1:20 a.m. in the area of Coalpit Hill Road in Danbury. Police said that Bethel officers were attempting to stop a 2005 Toyota Camry when the driver engaged police in a pursuit. He led Bethel Police into Danbury, where he lost control and struck a tree.

The driver, who was identified by WLAD as Rothenbucher, along with his 18-year-old passenger, were both taken to Danbury Hospital, where Rothenbucher later died of his injuries.

The pursuit began in the area of Mansfield Street and Fleetwood Avenue in Bethel when police tried to pull over the Camry but it refused to stop, WLAD reported. The driver accelerated and was driving erratically on the wet roads before rolling over and hitting the tree, according to WLAD.

This collision is under investigation by the Danbury Police Department’s Traffic Division.

Click here to read the WLAD story.

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