CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — One person is dead after a multi-vehicle crash that happened when police were trying to conduct a traffic stop, according to Connecticut State Police.

The crash happened at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday on Highland Avenue, south of West Johnson Avenue, in Cheshire, according to police.

A Volkswagen Jetta was driving south and a Jeep Commander, a Mitsubishi Eclipse, and a Ford Transit van were driving north. The Commander, Eclipse, and Ford were in front of a Lexus ES350.

While police were trying to pull it over, the Lexus went into the southbound lane, and its back hit the left side of a Volkswagen Jetta. The Lexus then returned to its lane and sideswiped the Commander, according to police.

It spun, then hit the Eclipse and the Ford.

The Lexus’ passenger, 63-year-old Arthur Wright, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. The vehicle’s driver was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

The drivers of the Eclipse and Ford were taken to the hospital and expected to survive. Other people at the scene denied medical treatment.

Police ask anyone who saw the crash to call (860) 278-6063 or email