1 dead, 2 injured as driver attempts to flee from police in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Police have identified the suspect who hit and killed another driver and injured two others while fleeing from police in Bridgeport Thursday afternoon.

According to Connecticut State Police, a Trooper conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 95 just before 1:00 p.m. The driver, later stopped, but as the Trooper approached the car the driver fled from the scene, and exited the highway onto South Avenue.

The Trooper then observed the suspect, driving a black Infiniti, continued from South Avenue onto Railroad Avenue. State Police said the driver struck another vehicle at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Iranistan Avenue, which they described as a blue Toyota. The driver of the Toyota was fatally injured.

After crashing into the Toyota, Troopers said the driver then continued to flee, and struck two pedestrians, one possibly on a bicycle. Troopers attended to the victims at the scene. Both pedestrians suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The suspect was later identified as 21-year-old Joseph Guzman-Rivera, of Bridgeport.  The victims have no been identified at this time.

guzman rivera 1 dead, 2 injured as driver attempts to flee from police in Bridgeport
Joseph Guzman-Rivera

Guzman-Rivera attempted to flee on foot after striking the two pedestrians. A short time later, a State Police canine unit responded to the scene and located him in a nearby home.

Guzman-Rivera was taken to Bridgeport Hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash.  He was then charged with Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics With Intent to Sell , Possession of Narcotics WITS w/i 1,500 ft of a school, Illegal Injuring of a Police Service Animal, and Burglary and held on a $500,000.00 bond

The Connecticut State Police accident reconstruction team is assisting Bridgeport police in the crash investigation. Around 5:15 p.m., Railroad Avenue at Iranistan Avenue was reopened.

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If you witnessed these incidents, or have any information that could help officers in their investigation, you’re asked to call Bridgeport police at 203-581-5100.