Two dead, one in critical condition after car strikes tree in Hartford early Saturday morning

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Hartford Police are investigating a single-car crash that struck a tree leaving two dead and one in critical condition early Saturday morning.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., Hartford Police and Fire responded to the area of Tower Avenue west of Waverly Street on the report of a serious motor vehicle crash.

Authorities located a 2005 Black Acura TL had struck a tree on the northbound side of the roadway.

Upon arrival, police found a 17-year-old male operator and a 19-year-old male front seat passenger deceased. Police identified the victims as Omar Lawrence and Shamar Williams, both of Hartford.

The 22-year-old rear passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel. The passenger was transported by EMS to Saint Francis Hospital and is listed in critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Crime Scene Division assumed control of the investigation. A full reconstruction of the crash is being conducted.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding the case is asked to call Detective James Fierravanti of the Hartford Police Crime Scene Division or HPD Tip Line at 860-722-TIPS (8477).

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