Griswold fatal crash leaves one dead and 17-year-old hospitalized

Jessika Harkay, Hartford Courant
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One man is dead and a 17-year-old boy is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a car swerved into another lane, crashed into guardrail then hit a tree Sunday afternoon.

The accident occurred on Hopeville Road (Route 201) in Griswold around 1 p.m., state police said.

The vehicle, driven by 55-year-old David Mack of Jewett City, swerved into the oncoming lane before hitting a metal guardrail.

The car then swerved back into the initial northbound lane it was traveling on, and “continued towards the grassy/wooded right shoulder, ultimately colliding with a standing tree,” police said.

Mack was pronounced dead at the scene, meanwhile a 17-year-old passenger in the vehicle was transported to Backus Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police are unsure of what caused the car to swerve across lanes and result in an accident, they said.

Anyone with information should contact Troop E at (860) 848-6500.

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