Officials identify two dead in Waterbury crash

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Two men died when the car they were in crashed in Waterbury. It happened around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection with Dallas Avenue. Witnesses saw it speeding down Wolcott Street.

“The car was a little bit on its side, like on 2 wheels, went up in the air, hit the pole and fishtailed right into the house,” said Jose Santiago, who lives nearby.

The car first hit a utility pole with enough force to snap it in half. The car then hit a house, causing concerns of a gas leak.

“They had to turn off the power because gas leaked into the house,” said Diego Nieves, who lives door to the house that was hit.

Police have identified the two victims as 22-year-old Clarence Lewis and 20-year-old Antonio Santos, both of Waterbury.

“I ran up to see if I could help, but when I got up there, one was gone, and when I looked at the driver, they said, ‘help, help,’ but then they expired,” said Santigao, clearly haunted by what he witnessed.

This is certainly not the first time folks in this neighborhood have seen and heard gruesome accidents like this one. In fact, one woman said she can think of at least a dozen times there have been fatal accidents on just this one stretch of Wolcott Street.

“It’s a 4 lane road, it’s fairly flat, it’s fairly straight. It is a bit of a raceway,” said Waterbury Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo.

Waterbury police are now looking into why this particular crash happened on the 500 block of Wolcott Street. They say speed was clearly a factor, as was an incident involving weapons that happened just moments before the crash.

“There was a dispute, in the general area, about the 900 block of Wolcott Street between the two victims in that car and some unidentified parties at this time,” Dep. Chief Spagnolo said.

Officials say Lewis was shot in the lower part of his body prior to the accident during that dispute. It is not clear if Lewis was driving the car that hit the power pole and the house.

“The investigation is ongoing as far as who was seated where in the car at the time of the accident,” said the Deputy Chief.

Spagnolo added a handgun was found in the car, but he would not say any more about the dispute. Family members of at least one of the dead men were seen talking to police mid-morning.

No one in the damaged house was hurt.

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