Orange police say 14-year-old passenger died in Route 34 crash involving a stolen BMW
A crash early Monday morning on Route 34 in Orange left a 14-year-old from Waterbury dead and injured another person, according to police.
The Orange Police Department says a tractor-trailer and a BMW collided at the intersection of Route 34 and Orange Center Road around 3:55 a.m.
The truck hit a telephone pole and a tree, which brought down a traffic light. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and the 14-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
Police say the BMW had been stolen from the driveway of a residence in Milford 12 minutes before the crash. They say there was an unknown white, four-door sedan also seen in the area of the theft. Police say they believe the sedan stopped immediately after the collision and picked up the driver of the BMW.
Orange Police Department accident reconstruction team responded to conduct an investigation and was assisted by the Connecticut State Police Truck Squad.
The crash caused multiple road closures, redirecting commuters to take alternate routes.
Fire officials also advised commuters to drive safely as the weather gets colder, especially with the recent rainy weather.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Denny Peterson at 203-891-2138.