NEWINGTON – A deadly car crash closed the Berlin Turnpike (Route 5-15) in Newington Monday morning until 1:45 p.m.
The accident happened near Bobs Discount Furniture (Richard Street) and Friday’s (Pascone Place) just after 7 a.m. when a Newington police officer, Ryan Williams, was responding to a report of a violent active disturbance at the Grantmoore Motor Lodge, located off Berlin Turnpike in Newington.
Williams, a 7-and-half-year veteran of the Newington Police Department, was responding with his lights and siren on and driving a fully marked and readily identifiable police vehicle northbound on the Berlin Turnpike.
As he approached the intersection with Deming Road, a second vehicle crossed into the path of his cruiser, traveling west through a red light past multiple vehicles stopped for his police car.
The resulting collision resulted in the death of the driver, Jason Augeri, 41, of Southington, who was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of his injuries.
Williams was treated for injuries at an area hospital and released.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an independent investigation into the cause of death and chemical analysis of the deceased.
Investigators and staff of Superior Court 15 in New Britain are also participating.
The Mid-State Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. Any witnesses to this accident are asked to call Lieutenant Robert Catania at the Rocky Hill Police Department at 860.258.2710.
This accident is being investigated and reconstructed by the Mid-State Accident Reconstruction Team. The Mid-State Major Crime Unit was also deployed to assist in the gathering of evidence and to conduct all necessary witness interviews.