Police chase of suspected drunk driver leads to deadly crash

A police chase resulted in a deadly crash early Sunday morning (WFSB)

One person was killed in a crash that happened during a police pursuit in Norwich early Sunday morning.

A little after 2 a.m., police were trying to stop a suspected intoxicated driver on West Thames Street.

The driver fled through the intersection of Route 2 eastbound and Route 12, and lost control and ultimately hit another car that was stopped at a traffic signal in a westbound lane.

The two people in the westbound car were taken to the hospital for injuries, where one of the occupants later died. Police have identified the victim as 74-year-old Thomas Richter, of Southbury. The other occupant in the car was identified as 72-year-old Carol Jean Richter, of New Milford. She has been transported to Hartford Hospital.

The two people in the fleeing car were also taken to the hospital for injuries.

Police identified the driver of the fleeing car as 35-year-old Cory Long, of Hartford. His passenger was identified as 35-year-old Isaiah Lee, of Groton. Lee has been released from the hospital.

Norwich police are investigating, however it is unclear if any arrests have been made at this time.

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