Man Whose Jeep Plunged off Bridge Has Died

By Liz Dahlem and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013  |  Updated 7:22 AM EDT
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The SUV broke through a concrete wall and landed upside down 25 feet below.

The SUV broke through a concrete wall and landed upside down 25 feet below.

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A 46-year-old Clinton man has died after crashing through a concrete barrier in Windsor and plunging 25 feet below, according to Hartford Hospital.

Police said Richard Mazzella was driving a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on a high-occupancy vehicle lane lane of I-91 N near exit 37, went off the highway, hit the wall of the bridge on the north side of Route 305 and landed on the median of Interstate 91 in a fiery crash.

Mazzella, who did not have identification,  was trapped inside, according to police.

Capt. Tom LePore, of Windsor police, said he had to be going at a high rate of speed to crash through the concrete.

Mazzella was the only person in the car and he was transported to Hartford Hospital. He was in critical condition on Tuesday. Hospital officials said on Tuesday that Mazzella has died.

Windsor Police and the North Central Municipal Accident Investigation Team are investigating.

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