STONINGTON — Two people are dead following a crash near Exit 90 off Interstate 95 southbound that is being blamed on a wrong-way driver.
Police say the crash occurred around 6:15 p.m. Saturday and set off a large response by first-responders from across the region and state, including two Life Star medevac helicopters , which landed on the highway at 6:55 p.m. and 7:08 p.m. respectively.
The New Haven Register reports a car driven by 55-year-old Melvin Wells was traveling southbound when it collided head-on with a vehicle heading in the wrong direction on the highway. Both drivers were killed. Two other cars were also involved in the crash.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation shut down the southbound lanes of the highway between exits 90 and 91.
Wells was a former football coach at East Haven High School. The school said on Facebook that Wells, who also coached at a magnet school in New Haven, had a “profound impact” on many student-athletes during his tenure.
Police identified the driver of the other vehicle as 32-year-old Larry Stallings, of Bristol. A passenger in Stallings’ vehicle suffered serious injuries.
The Register reported that Wells was driving home from visiting his son, Melvin Wells Jr., in Milton, Mass., where he plays football for Curry College.
When Wells’ car was hit by Stallings’ car, it careened into another vehicle, and both cars went off the road. Stallings was killed and a passenger, Jamal Londeen Pisani, 29, of Waterbury, was brought to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London with life-threatening injuries.
Associated Press and Sun staff