Three folks killed in two-car crash on Christmas morning in West Hartford. Metropolis officers goal to assemble process power to make roads safer.

Three folks had been killed in a two-car crash on Simsbury Highway in West Hartford on Sunday morning, in keeping with police.

The West Hartford Police Division responded to a report of a two-car collision on Simsbury Highway close to Timberwood Highway round 6:45 a.m. on Sunday. West Hartford police and hearth personnel arrived on the scene and offered medical help, police mentioned.

Two folks had been pronounced useless on the scene, and a 3rd particular person was transported to an space hospital. Regardless of lifesaving measures, the third particular person was pronounced useless on the hospital, in keeping with police.

Simsbury Highway was closed to visitors in each instructions from Bloomfield Avenue to Mohegan Drive as police carried out the investigation.

“We’re deeply saddened and heartbroken by the tragic lack of life, particularly throughout this vacation season,” West Hartford Mayor Shari G. Cantor mentioned in an announcement on Sunday. “The households and associates of these concerned in immediately’s incident might be in our ideas and prayers.”

Cantor mentioned in gentle of Sunday’s deadly crash in addition to different latest highway fatalities, she requested City Supervisor Richard C. Ledwith to assemble a process power on visitors and pedestrian security in West Hartford. An announcement might be made early subsequent week, in keeping with the assertion on Sunday.

“The city council needs actionable steps we will take to make our roads safer,” she mentioned.

Ledwith agreed, stating that mentioned the security of residents and vacationers is all the time a prime precedence for West Hartford.

“Though the deadly motorized vehicle collisions which have occurred on the town during the last week are remoted incidents, any lack of life is unacceptable,” Ledwith mentioned within the assertion Sunday. “We’re continuously finding out, evaluating and enhancing highway security, and plans are already underway to step [up] these efforts with the creation of a visitors and pedestrian security process power.”

There have been three extra crashes in West Harford previously week involving pedestrians.

On Tuesday night, a pedestrian, recognized as Eugenia Yurovsky, 89, of West Hartford, was killed in a hit-and-run motorized vehicle collision on Boulevard in West Hartford. The driving force has but to be recognized.

The next day, a second pedestrian, recognized as Carlos Galarza, 60, of Bridgeport, was killed by a motorized vehicle on Mohegan Drive in West Hartford. The driving force concerned in that incident is cooperating with police.

On Dec. 17, a automobile struck a pedestrian whereas touring northbound close to 20 South Most important Avenue, in keeping with police. The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital with critical however non-life-threatening accidents.

West Hartford Police Chief Vernon Riddick famous that each one 4 of the crashes occurred on totally different roads, and police don’t imagine any of the accidents are associated.

“There are various components that come into play involving motorized vehicle collisions and, particularly, motorized vehicle and pedestrian collisions,” Riddick mentioned in an announcement on Sunday. “The results of a crash between a 4,000-pound automobile and a human being may end up in demise or critical bodily harm. Motorcar operators and pedestrians should adjust to the regulation.

“Furthermore, I strongly urge motorized vehicle operators and pedestrians to keep away from distractions resembling cell telephones, earphones, and so forth. and to focus their consideration on the highway — actually, lives depend on it.”

The entire crashes are being investigated by the West Hartford Accident Reconstruction Workforce. Anybody with details about the incidents is requested to contact the West Hartford Police Division at 860-523-5203 or use the West Hartford Police Division Tip Line at 860-570-8969 or e-mail at [email protected].