East Haven police release dashcam video of crash that killed a 4-year-old boy

(Image provided by East Haven police)
(Image provided by East Haven police)


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — East Haven police released dash camera video Wednesday showing a pursuit of a stolen vehicle that crashed in Branford Sunday night, killing a 4-year-old boy.

According to East Haven police, officers attempted to pull over the car for motor vehicle violations. Police later determined that the car had been stolen out of New Haven.

Folks down at the Michael’s Café saw the chase first hand.

Richard Beedle was working and said, “We saw a car go flying by and hit the speed bumps real hard and then we saw the police coming through.”

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The car turned onto I-95 heading North. Shortly after they passed Exit 54, the officer was advised by supervisors to stop pursuit. The officer then turned off lights and sirens.

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East Haven police said that the officer pulled off of Interstate 95 at Exit 55 in Branford to return to East Haven. When police got to the end of the exit ramp, they discovered the accident scene involving the stolen car.

Beedle said, “It’s terrible, you know? A little 4-year-old kid dies it’s really bad.”

Police say four children under the age of 15 were in the car at the time of the crash. Four-year-old Jai’rus Jerimiah Little of Hamden was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he died. The other passengers were all located. Police say a total of six people, four juveniles and two adults, were in the car.

The driver of the other car involved in the crash declined medical treatment on scene.

When News 8 asked East Haven police for an interview Lt. Joseph Murgo said, “We are not going to do any on camera interviews regarding this because its still under investigation. We just felt that there was value in releasing this footage in the face of transparency.”