Police ID Man Killed in Derby Crash

A 36-year-old Sandy Hook man is dead and a 52-year-old man is in serious condition after a two-car crash on Route 34 in Derby just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police responded to Route 34, or Roosevelt Drive, and 36-year-old Christopher Estes, of Sandy Hook, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said he was driving a Jeep and collided with a box truck that was delivering doughnuts to a Dunkin’ Donuts.

The driver of the truck was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital and is reported to be in serious but stable condition.

Judith Galliotte said she woke up when she heard a loud bang when the crash happened.

“I threw my robe on, came out, and then when I came out, I saw a hand reaching for me, and he was underneath the car,” she said.

Galliotte said she called 911 and police told her not to go near the truck, which was leaking gasoline.

There was nothing that she could do.

“I’m a nurse and as a nurse you want to help, you want to save,” she said.

Ed Dulka, of Derby, drove by the crash and also called police.

“I called 911, and I asked him if he’s OK. He didn’t answer,” Dulka said.

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