Wrong-Way Crash Kills 2 in Meriden

The drivers of two cars were killed when their cars collided head on Wednesday morning.

Two people were killed in a wrong-way crash on the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Meriden early Wednesday.

According to state police, Michael Heeks, 22, of Mansfield, was driving a 2011 Honda Accord northbound in the southbound lanes of Route 15 just after 2 a.m. when he hit a 2004 Hyundai Elantra head on near exit 66, by the Meriden town line with Wallingford.

Heeks' car rolled over and landed upside down in the median.

Heeks died in the crash, as did the driver of the Hyundai, 37-year-old Patrick Cimato, of Lisbon Falls, Maine. Cimato was driving in the proper direction when he was hit by the car driven by Heeks, police said.

Cimato's two passengers, Nicholas Cimato, 47, of New York City, and Ashley Robinson, 30, of Brooklyn, New York, both survived the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call Trooper Petralito at Troop I in Bethany at 203-393-4200.

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