STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – A deadly crash took the lives of two teenagers in Stamford early Monday.
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Police said two male teens were killed when a 2008 sedan carrying three boys and three girls, ages 18 and 19 – crashed shortly after 2:30 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Ludlow and Canal streets.
Young lives that won’t live out their potential ended in the violent crash in Stamford’s south end. One of the deceased is 18-year-old Nishawn Tolliver. His brother is a friend of a young man who spoke with CBS2’s Tony Aiello.
Terrible accident in Stamford. Two older teens are dead, two others in critical condition, six total in the car. High speed suspected. pic.twitter.com/zCCG01nYOo
— Tony Aiello (@AielloTV) August 26, 2019
“He can’t believe it. His brother, only 18. Yesterday he was hugging his brother, having dinner with his brother. Waking up to this is crazy,” said Rene Santiago.
Police say six teens were jammed into the car traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into one utility pole and then another.
Jerry Diaz, 18, was at the wheel and was critically injured, Aiello reported.
Shattered glass, twisted wires and smashed wood speak to the violence of the final impact.
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Police say three teens crawled out of the wreckage but rescue of the other three was delayed by concern over live power lines endangering first responders.
“It’s sad. Just all I can think is that I feel bad for the families that are involved in this. It’s two young lives that are taken tragically, that really have no reason to be dead,” Stamford Police Sgt. Jeff Booth said.
A friend of one of the teens who died told Aiello the group was hanging at a nearby basketball court Sunday evening. Police are trying to piece together their later movements to better understand their final moments.
The second fatality is identified as 19-year-old Kymoni Pollock.
Family members and friends of the teenagers came to the scene. Tears flowed and words failed.
“Wake up. That’s what goes through my heart. Wake up. It ain’t fun and games,” Ruth Cowart said.
The impact woke neighbors and knocked out power to multiple buildings.
Police know speed was a factor. They’re investigating to determine if drugs, alcohol or mechanical failure played a role.
Investigators are hoping to speak with the survivors to better understand what happened.
“It helps us in our investigation to find out where they were, where they were going, anything helps,” said Booth.
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