For the second time in less than 24 hours, a car crashed into a utility pole, resulting in death.
Two people died in a car crash at 7:45 p.m. Friday. One person died in a separate car crash earlier the same day.
Here’s what happened on Friday evening, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman:
At 7:45 p.m., police saw a silver station wagon with three people inside stop at a red light at the corner of Howard and Sylvan avenues. When the light turned green, the car turned in front of a police cruiser—nearly striking the cop car—and sped off, headed south on Howard Avenue.
The officer in the car radioed in to report the near collision, but did not pursue the car, which disappeared out of his sight. The cop followed the direction the car had gone and found that it had crashed into a utility pole and come to rest against a Yale-New Haven Hospital building.
The cop called for medical assistance and attended to a woman—one of the people who had been in the car—who was standing next to the car.
The two other people in the car, a man and woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. The woman who was found standing outside the car was taken to the hospital, where she was in critical condition as of Saturday morning.
The police crash investigation team is investigating the cause of the accident. High speeds and slippery conditions were likely a factor.