A 25-year-old woman was killed and a man was injured in a single car rollover in Ellington early Tuesday morning.
According to emergency officials, the car rolled over on West Road, also known as Route 83, near Mountain Road, around 12:30 a.m.
Police identified the victim as Kayla Coffin-Houston of North Grosvenordale. She was a passenger in the vehicle.
State police said Coffin-Houston was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Police said she was thrown from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
State police said the driver, identified as 24-year-old Nathan Coles, of Ellington, was flown by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital with suspected serious injuries.
Coles was traveling northbound on West Road when police said he lost control of the vehicle prior to the crash and struck an embankment, which turned the vehicle on its side.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
"It's a lot of inactivity up there that time of the morning so, and the road seems pretty clear usually,” David Leduc, of Ellington, said.
Dozen residents, who drive Route 83 everyday, told Eyewitness News it's very safe. In fact, they said they can't remember the last time there was a deadly accident.
"The road seem like it’s pretty safe,” Ellington Loui Skyriotis, who is the owner of the Chuck Wagon restaurant, said. “This is a typical straight road. It doesn't seem like it's, no curves or anything like that."
The Chuck Wagon restaurant is just around the corner from the crash scene.
“It's a very tight community. It seems like everybody knows everybody. Now, I don't know who this individual was, but I'm sure it's sad,” Skyriotis said. “Nobody wants to get that phone call early in the morning."
Route 83 was closed for several hours while police investigated the crash. It has since reopened around 5:30 a.m.
Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call state police at 860-896-3222, extension 8050.
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