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Four-Year-Old Killed in Two-Car Crash Following Police Chase

two cars severely damaged after crash

According to WTNH, a driver in a stolen vehicle crashes into another car after evading police, killing a four-year-old passenger in Branford, Connecticut, on Sunday evening.

Details of the Fatal Car Wreck

Police attempted to pull over a 2016 Toyota Corolla at around 6:30 p.m. when the vehicle started to flee. The pursuit continued onto Interstate 95 in East Haven, but police called off the chase before exit 55.

The stolen car got off the exit, turned onto Route 1, and collided with a vehicle, according to WTNH. Police say four-year-old Jairus Benjamin died after being transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. The boy sat in the front seat of the Corolla when the crash occurred.

According to WTNH, a 15-year-old passenger in the Corolla sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Four other people in the stolen car fled the scene following the crash but would later be apprehended by law enforcement.

The driver of the second vehicle did not suffer injuries in the collision, reports WTNH.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Statistics

The following statistics on motor vehicle crashes in 2015 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2015, 35,092 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2015, only 14 percent were unrestrained.

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