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PD: Speed possibly factor in 2 Hartford deadly crashes

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Speed could have factored into two deadly crashes in the capitol city Friday. (WFSB) Speed could have factored into two deadly crashes in the capitol city Friday. (WFSB)
One person was killed in an overnight crash on Asylum Avenue in Hartford. (WFSB photo) One person was killed in an overnight crash on Asylum Avenue in Hartford. (WFSB photo)
A second person was killed in an unrelated crash on Wawarme Avenue in Hartford. (WFSB photo) A second person was killed in an unrelated crash on Wawarme Avenue in Hartford. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Two people are dead following separate crashes in Hartford Friday morning.

The first of the two crashes happened on Asylum Avenue near Woodside Circle around 1:35 a.m.

"It’s really sad, I mean it’s tragic," said Andrea Pape, who lives near the Asylum Avenue crash scene.

Police said 36-year-old Adrian Graves, of Hartford, "was partially ejected" from the 2009 Infiniti G37 and pronounced dead at the scene. 

An unidentified female passenger was taken to St. Francis Hospital with a serious injury. The woman, who had to be extricated from the Infiniti, is expected to be OK, police said.

They said the light-colored Infiniti sustained severe front and driver side damage.

An eyewitness told police the driver was "traveling significantly faster then the speed limit" when the driver hit a tree around 1 a.m.

Asylum Avenue was closed for 6 hours. It reopened around 9 a.m. Before it opened, police urged drivers to Farmington Avenue and Albany Avenue as detours.  

Four hours after and 3 miles away from the first crash, the second happened near Colt Park .

The crash was reported on Wawarme Avenue around 5 a.m., according to police.

"This car appears to have been coming north on Ledyard and didn't stop for the stop sign at Wawarme, jumped about a 20 foot ledge into the park and the car flipped over," Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. 

Police said there were three people in the car. One male victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two others were driven to Hartford Hospital. Police said they were awake and alert not long afterward. They were able to speak with investigators.

The area by Colt Park was once notorious for drag racing. Speed bumps were installed years ago to curb the problem.

"That was back in the 90s, but lately I haven't heard about anything like that," Hartford resident Reynard Wallen said. 

Police have ruled out racing. 

There's no word on what caused either crash. Speed is being eyed as a factor in both cases. 

"Road conditions were not great on either. Visibility was not great overnight as well,"  Foley said. 

Police said both were preventable tragedies. But, they added since the speed bumps near Colt Park were installed, it's chased a lot of the racing elsewhere. 

Wawarme Avenue was closed near Ledyard Street, but it reopened a short time later.

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