BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Three people are dead after a crash in Branford Thursday morning.
Emergency crews responded to Hosley Avenue just after 6:35 a.m. after a passerby saw a vehicle that appeared to have crashed off the road. Police said the caller did not see the crash happen.
On Friday, Branford police identified the victims as 19-year-old Anthony Dudchik, 22-year-old Robert Dudchik, and 17-year-old Megan Nicole Povilaitis. Povilaitis was identified as the driver of the car.
The South Central Regional Traffic Team is actively investigating the crash, but Branford police said a preliminary investigation determined that Povilaitis failed to negotiate a curve in the road while traveling at an excessive speed.
“This investigation is in the beginning stages of what will be an in-depth and lengthy investigation,” police said in a statement.
News 8 is sad to report that Anthony and Robert are the sons of Capitol Report’s Tom Dudchik.
“The News 8 family is devastated over the tragic loss of Tom Dudchik’s two sons. We are sending thoughts and prayers to Tom and his wife, Nora, during this difficult time. We are all heartbroken and stunned at this tragedy. Tom is part of our News 8 family, and our hearts are with his family,” said WTNH’s General Manager Rich Graziano.
Branford First Selectman James Cosgrove released a statement saying, “On behalf of the Town of Branford, we express our condolences to the family, friends and acquaintances of those lost in this tragic accident. I also want to extend our sympathies and support to the entire communities of East Haven and East Haddam. The death of individuals that are so young with so much potential is a horrific tragedy and an unspeakable loss. Please join us in keeping these families in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.”
Governor Ned Lamont tweeted Friday, saying the following: “Connecticut son and my friend Tom Dudchik lost his two boys, Anthony and Robert, in a car accident. Please keep Tom, Nora, and the greater Dudchik family in your prayers as they deal with this unimaginable loss.”
News 8 learned that Robert Dudchik was a flight attendant with Avelo Airlines. He was remembered by CEO Andrew Levy who released a statement saying, “As a founding HVN-based crew member after earning his wings last October, Rob has a special place in Avelo’s legacy. I know many of you worked with Rob or got to know him during flight attendant training or while traveling on a flight he was working,” Levy said in an email to Avelo employees. “Rob represented the best of us. He exemplified what it means to be an Avelo crew member.”
“We recognize the impact a loss of this magnitude will have on families, friends and our community now and in the future,” police said. “We encourage anyone who may need counseling services to reach out to our Police Social Worker Danielle Suraci at 203-481-4241.”