Audrey Washington, Steve Pancione
Police say speed played a factor in fatal car crash along Route 44
Two people were killed in a one-car crash on Route 44 near North River Road in Coventry early this morning.
Police have identified the victims as Jessica Clark, 25, of Coventry, and Walter Parsell, 20, of Willington.
The car, a 2000 Honda Civic, went off the road and hit a pole just after 1:30 a.m., officials said.
One person who was in the car died instantly.
An ambulance transported the second person to Hartford Hospital, where the victim was later pronounced dead, police said.
Investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash.
The road reopened around noon after being closed for more than 10 hours while accident reconstruction crews investigated the crash.
Chuck Conkling, who lives in the area, said this isn't the first high-speed crash along Route 44 and he wants something to be done to prevent yet another fatal crash from happening here.
He heard the squeal of tires early this morning, then the loud impact.
"I knew it was a bad accident from experience living here," he said.