Leonel Colon, 17, killed, after the stolen car he was driving crashes into a garbage truck in East Hartford.
Modified Date:Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:05pm
Accident Date:Sunday, March 2, 2014
An East Hartford teen is dead after a Honda struck a sanitation truck on Silver Lane in East Hartford on Monday. The crash happened on Silver Lane near the intersection with Holland Lane around 11 a.m. Monday and police identified the driver of the car as Leonel Colon, 17, of East Hartford. On Monday, police said the car was stolen and the driver lost control. Officers pursued the Honda on Burnside Avenue earlier Monday morning, but the chase was called off and was not connected to the crash, according to police. Silver Lane was closed for hours from Forbes Street to the Manchester town line as police investigated. “As a community, we grieve the loss of a young man and extend our support and prayers to his family, friends, and our school community. We are working closely with the school system to insure the proper resources are available to assist in the grieving process,” East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc said in a statement. The driver of the sanitation truck was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A witness who lives near the crash scene, said the car caught fire moments after the impact. "I heard a big bang and I thought a transformer was exploding," she said The East Hartford Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating and has obtained voluntary statements from witnesses who saw this crash occur.
Topics:Accident Topics: Teenaged Drivers - Young Adult Drivers, Stolen Vehicle, Special Circumstances - Commercial Vehicle
City:East Hartford, CT
County:Hartford County, CT
Area:Hartford & New Haven, CT