Surveillance video shows car crashing into Hamden bus stop shelter, one man dead, driver in custody

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating a serious car crash early Wednesday morning in Hamden that killed one person and left another victim with serious injuries.

According to police, officers responded to the area of Dixwell Avenue and Woodin Street for a pedestrian struck by a car at 5 a.m.

Police say the driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Pinky McBurrows of Ansonia, was traveling northbound on Dixwell Ave. when she crossed lanes and struck a bus stop with two people inside.

Both male victims, ages 57 and 59, suffered serious injuries and were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

The 57-year-old male – later identified as Maurice Messier – succumbed to his injuries late Wednesday morning.

Dramatic video surveillance footage released Wednesday shows the jeep plowing into the bus stop.

Pinky McBurrows, 31, of Ansonia (Photo: Hamden police department)

One resident who lives on that block, Don Morlando, says he knew one of the men, and in two years living here, he has seen multiple accidents on the same spot.

“This corner is bad right here, because the way it splits right here,” Morlando said. “People misjudge it. A car just hit the store about a month ago.”

A little over a year ago, a police chase ended at this same corner. A 19-year-old driving a stolen SUV hit two other vehicles late on December 31, 2018. Six people were injured in that crash.

Police are taking Wednesday’s crash very seriously. With the potential of a vehicular homicide charge, they spent hours taking measurements and photographs of the crash scene.

Police say McBurrows fled on foot from her vehicle after the crash and was apprehended by police soon after. McBurrows has been charged with reckless driving and other charges.

Dixwell Avenue been closed southbound between Putnam Avenue and Woodin Street for the time being.

The incident is under investigation.

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