Police identify three people who led police on pursuit that ended in fiery crash in West Hartford


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police identified three people who led police on a chase ending in a fiery crash last Tuesday,

Police say 23-year-old Francisco Veras, Javier Ortiz and Tajay Hunter were inside the Infiniti. Police did not mention how badly they were hurt.

Police think the car they were in was involved in a crime spree involving dozens of car break-ins and a shooting. Police are looking into whether the men involved in this crash were involved in those other crimes,

Police closed down New Park Avenue at Darcy Street in West Hartford Tuesday morning for a crash investigation.

At around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, West Hartford police were notified that a dark-colored Infiniti with Massachusetts plates was being pursued on New Britain Avenue by Hartford Police. Both police departments aided in the pursuit, which continued onto New Park Avenue.

The pursuit was connected to a shots fired incident reported by Hartford Police.

The driver in the suspect vehicle lost control of the car in the area of Jefferson Avenue. The car then crashed into a utility pole, knocking down telephone wires, before crashing into a parked car and a home. The car subsequently caught fire on New Park Ave. and Darcy Street.

People who live nearby described to News 8 what they heard and saw.

Thuy Phan of West Hartford said, “I hear the noise, like a big noise like bomb! I looked out the window and saw the smoke — the car smoke!”

Hartford and West Hartford police helped the occupants out of the crashed car. The three victims, all adults, were taken to the hospital and are listed in stable condition.

DASHCAM: West Hartford police released dashcam video when the officer responded to the scene of the fiery crash:

The car was not stolen, but the gun they found inside was.

Lt. Aaron Boisvert of Hartford Police Department explained, “We’ve had several of these rashes of incidents, so now it’s the task of identifying if they were involved in every single one of them, or which ones they were involved in. The way we do that is by checking cameras, going out and doing canvasses, which the officers and detectives will be doing.”

On July 25, Hartford police received a call of shots fired involving the same dark-colored Infiniti car. This car’s information was passed down to other local police departments. On July 26, the vehicle was involved in an attempted theft of a catalytic converter on Farmington Avenue. The driver was unsuccessful and fled the scene.

Hartford PD’s Major Crimes Unit is currently investigating this incident. West Hartford PD’s Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the car crash.

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