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Driver loses control, car erupts into flames in fatal crash on I-91 in Wallingford


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A man was killed when the car he was driving lost control and crashed, sparking a large fire on Interstate 91 in Wallingford on Saturday afternoon.

Just after 3 p.m., a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was traveling on I-91 northbound, a half-mile south of exit 14, when the driver lost control and impacted with a wire rope guide on the left shoulder. The vehicle then continued over a grassy area in the median before impacting a concrete bridge support, causing the vehicle to erupt in flames.

The I-91 northbound roadway between exits 13-14 and the southbound lane between exits 14-13 were closed due to the fire, and the scene was cleared just after 9 p.m. that evening.

Connecticut State Police identified the driver as 31-year-old David Valentine, of East Hampton. Valentine was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash.

The circumstances around the crash are currently unknown.

Connecticut State Police Troop I is investigating.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information — including video or images — is asked to contact TFC Timothy Ruppar at (203) 393-4200, or

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