Police arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed in Branford on Sunday night and left a four-year-old child dead.
Tyler Carey, 18, was driving the 2016 Toyota Corolla when the crash happened on Route 1 near the Interstate 95 exit 55 off-ramp.
State police said the incident began when the East Haven Police Department tried to stop Carey because he was driving without his headlights on. However, Carey tried to escape.
Police pursued the vehicle onto I-95 north. Branford police then picked up the pursuit just before exit 55.
When the driver reached the end of exit 55, troopers said the Corolla turned onto Route 1 and collided with a Honda Element.
When the vehicle came to a rest, the Corolla's occupants fled on foot. Carey was one of six people riding inside a stolen Toyota Corolla, according to state police.
Carey was later found in the woods near the crash.
The two occupants, Carey and the 4-year-old, who was identified as Jairus Benjamin of Hamden, were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Troopers said Jairus died at Yale-New Haven Hospital from injuries suffered in the crash. Police said the 4-year-old was sitting on the lap of a front seat passenger at the time of the crash.
Two other passengers inside the car were identified as Jaymar Harris, 25, of New Haven and 15-year-old Michael E. Cousins Jr. of East Haven.
Police arrested passenger 24-year-old Brandon Little, who had several arrest warrants out of New Haven and West Haven.
The driver of the Element, 53-year-old John Kreider of Branford, was not hurt.
The vehicle is believed to have been stolen out of New Haven, according to state police.
Alana Thompson was just steps away from where the crash happened.
"We heard a big smash and I heard somebody yelling," Thompson said, adding that she called 911.
Carey is facing several charges including second-degree larceny, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, misuse of plates and risk of injury to a minor. Carey faced a judge on Monday morning and his case was continued to Dec. 12. He's being held on a $500,000 bond.
Police said additional charges will likely be added over the course of the investigation, given the death of the child riding in the car.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about what happened is asked to contact state police at 203-630-8086.
According to court records, this is not the first time the driver is accused of stealing a car and running from police.
Carey was actually due in court this week on charges he stole a BMW and took off from police in Westport back in the summer. At the time, police there said Carey even tried giving officers a fake name.
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