NEW BRITAIN – NEW BRITAIN - Police are investigating what caused a motorist to drive up a 10-foot high embankment in Walnut Hill Park Tuesday afternoon and crash into a bank of woods near the Hospital of Central Connecticut.
The motorist died, police confirmed. His name has not been released.
Bystanders waiting outside the hospital saw the crash and ran to see to the driver and his passenger after the crash occurred at around 11:57 a.m.
The driver was headed west on Walnut Hill Road which is in the park but across the street from the entrance to HOCC when he suddenly veered off the road and went up the sloped embankment at a high rate of speed, bystanders said.
“The car was coming up the road fast,” said Danielle Gagne who was standing outside the hospital when the crash occurred. Gagne said the passenger indicated that the driver couldn’t breathe before the crash happened.
Police, firefighters and EMS personnel flooded the area after the crash was called in. More than 30 minutes later, after both men were taken across the street to the hospital, several officers and firefighters remained on the scene.
The crash left the car into the woods in the area of the World War I monument and the rose garden, according to New Britain Police Department Captain Jeanette Portlatin.
The NBPD Traffic Division had a portion of the park closed for two hours as police investigated.
The driver was unresponsive when help arrived, police said. The Traffic Division now investigating what caused the death of the driver as part of the overall investigation into the crash, Capt. William Steck said.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.