Cop Tried To Pull Over Driver Who Then Got Into Fatal Crash

(Updated)The cops tried to pull over a driver Friday night who ended up killing a 29-year-old woman in a car crash.

That’s the latest word from the police on the two-car crash at Goffe and Ella Grasso Boulevard at 9:35 p.m.

The driver of a dark-colored car was driving erratically “moments before” the crash. A cop noticed.

“The officer tried to pull the car over. The car took off,” said police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

He said the car’s driver “ran a red light. The car sped away, and the officer lost sight of it.”

The police apparently did not pursue the vehicle, Hartman said.

The driver of the car, which had three occupants, sped down the hill on Goffe and crashed into another car, driven by 29-year-old Carolina Chicas-Sabatino. She ended up at Yale-New Haven Hospital in a coma. She later died, on Saturday.

The other car’s three occupants suffered “serious but non-life-threatening” injuries, according to Hartman.

The vehicle with the three occupants also “struck and broke a utility pole,” leading “several dozen homes” to lose electricity while a crew “serviced the downed pole,” Hartman said.

Many key details remain to emerge in public view. The police department’s crash investigation team “is in the early stages” of investigating the crash’s cause. “Charges are pending, although they have yet to be determined,” according to Hartman.

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posted by: anonymous on April 21, 2013  11:51am

Very dangerous intersection. Did someone run the red?

posted by: Curious on April 22, 2013  2:47pm

What, so now the police actually listen when told not to pursue?  Considering the outcome here, not sure what the best policy is.

posted by: David Backeberg on April 23, 2013  9:26am

I’m just one of several people who would love a better description than “dark vehicle”. Did the red light running driver / vehicle manslaughter driver flee the scene or do the police know who they are charging withe crime?

posted by: Wildwest on April 23, 2013  9:27am

The local police should probably start riding bicycles instead of driving cars, that way the criminals wont feel the need to speed away in their cars(which most of them have no license, registration or insurance to drive legally).

posted by: Gretchen Pritchard on April 23, 2013  12:02pm

If the three people in the “dark car” all suffered serious injuries, then presumably it was not a hit and run and they were taken to the hospital and presumably ID’d, and will be charged, the article implies.

The article could certainly have been written more clearly, but commenters also need to exercise their reading-comprehension skills a little more carefully before commenting.