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