2 Dead in Separate Crashes 2 Miles Apart

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Todd Hebert
    A car is towed from the scene of a fatal car crash on Buckland Hills Drive near the mall in Manchester on Sunday morning.

    Two separate fatal accidents just two miles apart kept traffic investigators busy on Sunday morning.

    First police responded to a crash near the 300 block of Oakland Road, which is also Route 30, in South Windsor around 2 a.m.

    According to police, a late model Camero left the road, hit a parked car, flipped over and struck a utility pole. The driver of the car, a 55-year-old South Windsor man, was later pronounced dead at Manchester Hospital.

    Police have identified the man as Patrick Brannon.

    Oakland Road was closed for several hours after the crash.

    South Windsor police Lt. Scott Custer described the collision as a “very tenuous situation."

    “CL&P is here, the wires that we're working under are actually live; however, we're told they're intact, but for that reason the fire department is also here to offer support because of safety hazards,” Custer added.

    Just 30 minutes later, police responded to another crash on Buckland Hills Road in Manchester in front of the La-Z-Boy furniture store across from Sears at the Shoppes at Buckland Hills.

    Police say a Subaru WRX was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when the car crossed over the westbound lanes and collided with a light pole in front of 233 Buckland Hills Drive.

    The driver of that car, Ahad J Malik, 27, of Vernon, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The passenger, Anil Karunanidhi, 28, received minor injuries and was able to walk away from the accident, police said. He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

    The Metro Traffic investigators, who investigate accidents in eight towns in the area, responded to both crashes.