Police ID 80-Year-Old Man Who Died After Crashing Into Pond Off Route 9 in Berlin

Police have identified the man who died after a serious crash that caused heavy delays on Route 9 northbound in Berlin on Friday afternoon. A CTDOT worker was also hit by a car at the scene.

Police received a 911 call about a one-car rollover on Route 9 northbound, south of exit 24 in Berlin around 3:30 p.m.

When they arrived, officers learned that a 2006 Hummer H3 being driven by 80-year-old Anthony Autorino, of Farmington, was traveling northbound on Route 9 when he left the travel lanes, crossed the right shoulder and drove through the wire rope barrier.

Fire officials said a car went off the northbound side of the highway and into a pond Friday. Rescue crews are searching the water.

Police said the vehicle continued down a grassy embankment, hit some small trees and came to rest upside down in a pond approximately four feet deep.

Investigators determined Autorino did not make contact with any other vehicle and said he was the only person in his vehicle.

Route 9 northbound was closed from exit 22 to exit 24 around 4:30 p.m. and it reopened around 7:30 p.m.

According to Connecticut State Police, Autorino was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital at 6:07 p.m. His next of kin was notified and was at the hospital when Autorino passed away.

Fire officials said a car crashed into a body of water off Route 9 northbound in Berlin Friday.

A CTDOT worker was also hit by a car at the scene and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to CTDOT spokesperson Kevin Nursick.

Connecticut has a "Move Over" law that requires drivers to move over when they see emergency vehicles on the highway. Failure to abide by the law can lead to a fine.

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