Police: Juvenile killed in Fairfield crash after allegedly stealing car in Westport

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A juvenile suspect was killed Monday morning after he allegedly stole a car at a gas station in Westport and later crashed in Fairfield traveling nearly 100 mph seconds before the accident, according to police.

In a joint statement, Westport and Fairfield police said the fatal incident is still under investigation, and asked for the public to provide any additional information related to the crash.

Fairfield Police Chief Robert Kalamaras and Westport Police Chief Fotios Koskinas both expressed their condolences to the family of the juvenile who was killed. The male victim of the crash was not identified, but police said he was a resident of Bridgeport.

The string of events began a little after 8 a.m. Monday after a stolen car was reported to Westport police. A driver of a 2019 Honda Pilot told police he had stopped for gas at the Exxon station of Post Road East in Westport. While he was inside paying for gas, the SUV was stolen from the pump, he told authorities.

“A short time later, Westport Police located the stolen vehicle driving in the area of Turkey Hill Road and Post Road East,” police said. “The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but disengaged due to the suspect’s reckless driving and high speeds.”

Around 8:12 a.m., a Fairfield detective found the car at the Post Road and Jelliff Lane intersection in Fairfield, about a mile and a quarter east of where the car was first reported stolen.

Police said the car had rolled over and left the roadway. The driver was ejected during the crash and suffered serious injuries.

First responders provided medical attention at the scene before an ambulance took the juvenile to St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he died.

Fairfield police are investigating the crash while Westport police are investigating the theft.

“Initial crash reconstruction data indicates the suspect vehicle was traveling 99 miles-per-hour five seconds before the crash occurred,” police said.

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Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have additional information is asked to contact either the Fairfield Police Department at 203-254-4800 or Westport Police Department at 203-341-6000.