PLAINVILLE – State police confirmed that a New Britain man died after his car struck a guardrail and went down an embankment on Route 72 west in Plainville late Monday afternoon.
Carl Nauss, 35, of New Britain, was taken by ambulance to Hartford Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The crash, which occurred at 5:17 p.m. near exit 1 in Plainville, tied up traffic for hours as state police closed a portion of the highway to deal with the accident.
Nauss was known as a man who would help anyone, said his niece Andrianna Baez, 18, of New Britain. “If you needed something he was there,” she said. “He was a very special person. Everybody loved him.”
Nauss and several other family members gathered this past weekend to celebrate Baez’s graduation from the Academy of Science & Innovation on Slater Road.
“We had family there from out of state, everyone got to see him,” she said.
State police are still investigating what happened. Baez said her uncle was likely headed back to his workplace in Southington when the crash occurred. He didn’t arrive to pick up his children at daycare and his boss at some point couldn’t reach him. “The family heard about the crash and pieced it together,” she said.
His car was traveling in the right lane of the highway when it veered off the right shoulder and struck a guardrail, state police said. The vehicle then went down an embankment. State police are still investigating what may have caused the crash.
She was shocked and saddened when she heard the news, Baez said. “He was the type of person who would be there for you no matter what,” she said. “He was always there.”
Anyone may have witnessed the crash or who has information is asked to call the state police at 860-534-1000.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.