24-Year-Old Killed When Tesla Hits Pickup Truck In Crash Involving Fairfield Woman

Connecticut State Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on I-84 that killed a 24-year-old man.

The area of the fatal crash.
The area of the fatal crash. Photo Credit: Pixabay via diegoparra/Google Maps street view

The crash took place in Hartford County around 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 19 on I-84 in Southington.

According to state police, Elijah Joseph Vallier, age 24, of New Britain, was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 truck eastbound on the highway in the right lane of three when the driver of a 2023 Tesla Model 3 driven by Fairfield County resident Shannon James Sherry, age 47, of Fairfield, veered across the center lane, into the right lane and collided with the truck. 

Due to the collision, Vallier lost control of the truck, which traveled across the center lane and entered the grassy median before it rolled over and collided with the metal guardrail on the left shoulder, state police said.

The Telsa came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder of the interstate, police added.

Vallier sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, state police said.

The driver of the Telsa and the passenger were not injured and declined medical treatment.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

The case remains under investigation. Any witness to the collision is asked to contact Trooper Michael Dean at 860-534-1098 or through email at 

In addition, if you have a vehicle equipped with a dash cam, and you were driving through the area at the time of the collision, you are also asked to contact Dean.

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