ANDOVER, Conn. (WTNH) — A Farmington man was killed after an attempted traffic stop in Manchester led to a pursuit that ended with a crash on Route 6 in Andover Thursday afternoon.
Officials say LifeStar was called after 64-year-old Ronald Utman went over an embankment on Route 6 at Burnap Brook Road, crashing into a stream, but state police confirm he died at the scene.
“All I saw was just the car coming up, and the minute I saw it I got goosebumps,” said Dylan Luzzi, who lives across the street from where the crash occurred. “It was really heartbreaking to see.”
Officials say a state trooper tried to stop the Grassy Hill Road man on I-384 East near exit 4 after he entered a marked, coned-off construction zone and hit several barrels. They say Utman continued through the construction zone, though the officer had lights and sirens on in an attempt to stop him, and then on to Route 6 East. A crumpled red car with a smashed windshield marked the area where he went off the road.
According to authorities, a trooper was injured while trying to provide aid to the driver, but is expected to be okay. They say no construction workers or civilians were hurt.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or has information about it is asked to call state police at (860) 534-1006.