Bridgeport police release details in 2016 fatal crash

A woman whose brother died in a car crash last year thanked Bridgeport police Thursday for making the details of that collision public for the first time.



The crash happened April 25, 2016 at Wayne Street and Rocton Avenue in the city's North End. Hector Rodriguez, 44, was killed after the car he was driving crashed into a fence. The family had been kept in the dark as to how the crash actually occurred.



Maria Colon says she and her family have been haunted by memories of the crash, but says she's glad that they are getting answers to help them with the healing process.



Police Chief AJ Perez says the case is still under investigation, so ordinarily he would not comment, but he agreed to make an exception to help Colon's family. He says it started as a simple traffic stop over a bumper that appeared to be falling off Rodriguez's vehicle. But Rodriguez fled, according to Perez, and lost control of his vehicle, doing a 360-degree spin in the roadway, hitting four parked cars and then the fence.



Colon says she is deeply grateful to have officially found out that her brother was not being pursued by police for having committed a crime.



Perez says he will make a special effort to keep Colon and her family posted on the progress of the investigation.


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