Fleeing Driver Charged in Montville Crash That Killed Passenger

 A 28-year-old passenger died in a one-car crash on Interstate 395 northbound in Montville early Sunday morning and the driver is facing charges after fleeing the scene.

Jamar Davis, 28, of Norwich, was killed in the crash, which happened at about 2:15 a.m. on Sunday.  

Driver Andre Roy Nichols, 25, of Norwich, lost control of the 2004 Hyundai Sonata they were in with four other people while he was trying to merge onto Route 2A east of exit 79A, state police said. The car traveled from the off ramp and across two lanes on Route 2A and struck a metal guardrail in the center median. The car continued over the guardrail, causing it to roll over, coming to rest on its roof, facing in the eastern direction of the exit 79A ramp travel lane, state police said.

Nichols was charged with evasion of responsibility after fleeing the scene, state police said. He was held in custody on a $150,000 cash bond and is due in Norwich Superior Court on June 1.

Davis was pronounced dead on scene and his family has been notified. Four other passengers were transported to Backus Hospital in Norwich to be treated for injuries.

Sheganha Nicasia, 25, was seriously injured, Nakeema Williams, 28, of Norwich, sustained minor injuries. Keasia Y. Elliott, 21, of Norwich, was seriously injured and Stephen Allen, 28, of Norwich, had minor injuries due to the crash.

The car was registered to Williams.

The crash remains under investigation.

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