A double fatal car crash in Waterbury is now a homicide investigation.
Police say a Volvo sedan hit a utility pole on Tuesday, knocking out power, before crashing into the home. No one inside the home was injured.
The vehicle's occupants, identified as 22-year-old Clarence Lewis and 20-year-old Antonio Santos, were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say Lewis had a gunshot wound to his lower body and Santos likely died of injuries sustained in the crash.
Police think Lewis and Santos were involved in a dispute at a nearby shopping plaza before the crash. It is unclear which of the two men was driving.
One handgun was found inside the car, according to police.
“Our investigation has revealed that just prior to this accident, there was a dispute in the general area, about the 900 block of Wolcott Street, between the two victims in that car and some unidentified parties at this time,” Waterbury Deputy Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said.
“We are still working those leads right now and hoping to have some more information later on. We have called in the Connecticut State Police Forensics Team to assist us with processing the scene.”
This is at least the second fatal crash at this intersection. In 2015, a 15-year-old girl was killed and a 13-year-old boy was injured in a crash at Wolcott Street and Dallas Avenue.