Portland crash victim remains in critical condition - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Portland crash victim remains in critical condition

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PORTLAND, CT (WFSB) -

The sole survivor of a deadly crash in Portland over the weekend remains in critical condition.

Four other people were killed when their car slammed into a cement bridge on Rose Hill Road near Cox Road just before 3 a.m. Saturday.

The victims of the crash were identified as:

  • Pedro Duprey, 24, of Springfield
  • Ivette Amaro, 42, of Springfield
  • Andrea Caraballo, 20, of Springfield
  • Ramon Ruiz, 30, of Hartford

Juniarys Caraballo, 18, of Springfield, remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Ruiz's family told Eyewitness News they believed the group was in New Haven the night of the crash, celebrating his 30th birthday.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the group was traveling through Portland.

Duprey was driving the vehicle and Ruiz was in the front seat, police said.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash and said that speed was likely a factor.

The posted speed limit on the road is 25 mph and signs are posted all over Rose Hill Road. However, residents said speeding is an issue on Rose Hill Road.

"People fly down it and it's windy," Courtney Varano said. "And it narrows where the bridge is, so if you come down fast enough, you're going to get air."

Rose Hill Road is not well lit and one resident told Eyewitness News that one stoplight has not been working for about a month.

"I guess even more lights would be good," Varano said.

Police told Eyewitness News Saturday's crash was the first deadly accident on that stretch of road in nearly 20 years.

Police added that they have gotten complaints about the Rose Hill Road area in the past and are working on addressing those concerns.

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