Teen Driver Critically Hurt in Crash Didn't Have License: DMV

Gary Wright, 16, is driving under a learner's permit, according to the DMV.

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Driver in Avon Crash Didn't Have License: DMV

(Top to bottom) Gary Wright, Michael Follert and Frank O'Connor were injured in a serious crash on Lovely Street in Avon Wednesday night. Wright, who was driving the car, was driving on a learner's permit, according to the DMV.

Three teenagers were injured, two of them critically, when the car they were in hit a utility pole and split in half in Avon late Wednesday night.

Lifestar transported Gary Wright, 16, of Canton, Michael Follert, 19, Avon, from the scene of the crash on Lovely Street, officials said. Wright is in critical condition

Officials have identified Wright as the driver. He remains in critical condition to Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Follert is listed in stable condition at Hartford Hospital.

An ambulance brought the other passenger, Frank O'Connor, 18, of Avon,  to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He was discharged this morning.

According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, Wright does not have a license. He was operating with a learner's permit that was issued in March 2012.

During the first six months with a learner's permit, drivers with a learner's permit are not allowed to have passengers in the car other than a licensed driving instructor, parents or legal guardians, or someone 20 years or older who has a good driving record.

During the second six months, the only additional passengers allowed in the car are members of the driver's immediate family. 

The crash initially caused about 100 power outages in the area, but Connecticut Light & Power restored power to all but one home by 2 a.m.

Lovely Street was also closed between Blueberry Road and Helena Drive for several hours, but reopened just after 3 a.m..

The Avon Police Department and the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Squad are investigating the crash.

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