Police Charge Man in Connection With Fatal Crash in Ansonia

Ansonia police have arrested a Hamden man in connection with a crash that killed another man in September

Zachary Mercer, 24, of Hamden, was arrested Monday and has been charged in connection with the crash at Main and Bridge streets on Sept. 23 that killed 78-year-old Garrett Dalton, according to police. 

Police said three vehicles were involved in the crash and one hit a building.  

Dalton was taken to a hospital and later died from his injuries, according to police. 

Ansonia police, along with the Orange and Woodbridge Police Department Accident Reconstruction Teams and the Connecticut State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Squad investigated and detectives learned that Mercer’s vehicle had been previously listed as a salvage vehicle and did not pass an inspection to be registered in the State of Connecticut, so Mercer registered the vehicle in Texas, according to police. 

He has been charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle with out of state plates, violation of totaled vehicle regulations, and failure to obey traffic control. 

Mercer posted a $10,000 bond and is due in Derby Superior Court on Jan. 14. 

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