Hartford Police Obtain Warrant for Teen Suspected in Crash That Killed Hartford Man

Police said the teen was driving a stolen car and going 48 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

Hartford police said they have identified a 16-year-old from New Britain who is the suspected of causing a crash in Hartford on April 6 that killed a 44-year-old man and the teen will be charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Police said the teen was driving a stolen Chrysler 300, went through a stop sign on Grand Street in Hartford around 12:40 p.m. that Saturday afternoon and hit a Hyundai Santa Fe that was heading south on Broad Street. Police have determined that the car was going 48 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

The Chrysler had been reported stolen from East Haddam and the teen who was driving and three passengers ran from the car after the collission, police said.

Auhorities were able to take two passengers into custody – a 16-year-old ward of the state and a 14-year-old from East Hartford -- but the two others were at large, according to police.

The driver of the Hyundai Santa Fe, 44-year-old Jose Mendoza, of Hartford, was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to police.

Police have been investigating and said they identified the two people who got away from the scene – a 15-year-old Hartford resident who was arrested on an unrelated stolen vehicle violation in Wallingford on April 30 and the driver, a 16-year-old New Britain resident who was arrested in connection with an unrelated stolen vehicle case in Hartford on April 18.

The driver is incarcerated on unrelated charged at the juvenile detention center and will be charged this week with manslaughter in the first degree, evading responsibility in the first degree, larceny in the third degree and reckless driving, according to police.

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