East Haven man seriously injured in New Haven rollover

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Haven man was seriously injured early Saturday morning in a New Haven crash that closed Sargent Drive near Hallock Avenue for hours.

Police say at about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old William Rivera Jr. and another driver were traveling at a high rate of speed along a straightaway when Rivera rolled his Acura. They say the gravely injured Pardee Place man had to be extricated from his car, and is currently in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

According to officials, an initial 911 caller believed he or she heard gunshots. Authorities say no evidence of gunfire has been found, and the loud bang heard was likely a tire blowing out.

The road was closed until about 1 p.m. while investigators conducted calculations. They say speed is suspected to be a significant factor, and while no evidence shows the cars were drag-racing, it has not been ruled out.

Anyone who may have witnessed this accident or has information about it is asked to call detectives at (203) 946-6304.

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