Rt. 8 re-opened after driver flees police, falls off bridge

Route 8 re-opened, but police continue to investigate what happened leading up to the death of a 24-year old man.
Published: Apr. 15, 2023 at 9:28 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2023 at 7:27 AM EDT
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NAUGATUCK, CT (WFSB) - Police responded to reports of a body in the roadway on Route 8 southbound between exits 29 and 28.

Witness explained that the victim was involved in a 2 car head-on crash on the Prospect Street overpass around 8:34 p.m.

The victim was identified as 24-year old Anthony Michael Meier from Prospect.

Route 8 northbound and southbound lanes were closed for hours until re-opening earlier this morning.

Multiple witness accounts to police said Meier was struck on Route 8 by two drivers after jumping from the Prospect Street Bridge.

Naugatuck police confirmed that Maier was pronounced dead at the scene.

Currently, it is unknown why Meier fled from the initial crash.

This is an active investigation. Follow Channel 3 for the latest updates.