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Two Die In Weekend Crashes In Same Connecticut Town

A 17-year-old on a moped and 51-year-old man died in Connecticut in separate crashes in the same town over the weekend.
A 17-year-old on a moped and 51-year-old man died in Connecticut in separate crashes in the same town over the weekend. Photo Credit: Pixabay/diegoparra

A 17-year-old on a moped and 51-year-old man died in Connecticut in separate crashes in the same town over the weekend.

The first crash took place around 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22 in East Hartford when a moped driver was hit by a passenger vehicle on Route 5, said authorities.

The moped operator, Manuel Suarez, 17, of East Hartford, suffered serious injuries and was treated by paramedics on scene, then transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries, said Lieutenant Joshua Litwin, of the East Hartford Police.

 The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators, Litwin said.

There were no other injuries reported. No charges have been filed at this time, investigation is ongoing.

The second crash took place around 4 p.m. Sunday when East Hartford Police and Fire departments responded to a two-car collision in the area of Main Street at Sterling Road. 

 The passenger of one of the vehicles, Ronell Chaney, 51, of East Hartford, was treated on scene by paramedics and transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead, Litwin said.

 Two other occupants of that vehicle were treated for minor injuries on scene, the driver of the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. 

 No charges have been filed at this time, investigation is ongoing.

"Our hearts and prayers are extended to everyone impacted by these tragic incidents," he said. 

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