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One Dead, Two Injured As I-95 Suspect Speeds Through Bridgeport

The fatal crash occurred at Railroad Avenue and Iranistan Avenue in Bridgeport on Thursday afternoon. The suspect's car also hit two pedestrians. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police
The woman in this Toyota Yaris was killed when the car was hit by another car trying to evade police. That car also hit two pedestrians near Iranastan and Railroad avenues in Bridgeport on Thursday afternoon. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
State police investigators at work at the scene of a fatal crash at Railroad Avenue and Iranistan Avenue in Bridgeport on Thursday. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

UPDATE: The suspect in this case has been identified and arrested on multiple charges. Click here for the latest on this story from the Daily Voice.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A woman is dead and two pedestrians were “severely injured” Thursday after a driver fled from a State Trooper on Interstate 95, speeding down Bridgeport streets until crashing, police said.

At about 1 p.m., an officer from State Police Troop G was pursuing a black Infiniti when it stopped in a southbound traffic lane on the highway, State Trooper Kelly Grant said.

When the trooper asked the driver, who has not been identified, to move to the shoulder, the man sped off the ramp at Exit 26 to South Street, she said.

The trooper gave chase and saw the suspect plow into a car driven by a woman at Iranistan and Railroad avenues, Grant said.

The trooper stopped to treat the woman and saw the suspect as he continued to drive, hitting two nearby adult pedestrians and then fleeing on foot, Kelly said.

Related story: One Dead After Driver Fleeing Police In Bridgeport Hits Car, Pedestrians

While the trooper was tending to the victims, a state K-9 unit tracked the suspect to a nearby house, where he was placed under arrest and taken to the hospital, Kelly said.

The woman driver was treated at the scene, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Grant said the two pedestrians suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Av Harris, a city spokesman, said they were “severely injured” and transported to a hospital.

At  about 4 p.m., Bridgeport police were still on the scene, working to reconstruct and investigate the crash. More details are expected as the investigation continues. The intersection reopened to traffic at about 5:15 p.m. for rush hour, state police said.

Sybil Hopkins, who lives on Iranistan, said she didn’t see the crash, but she heard the commotion.

“So many sirens kept going off,” she said. “I’m, like, something terrible has happened.”

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