On the morning of New Year’s Eve, a deadly accident occurred on I-95 in Westport, Conn. The collision, which involved two vehicles, took place in the vicinity of Exit 18 at about 5:15 a.m. Then, just minutes later, there was another crash in which a vehicle rear-ended a semi-truck, perhaps as it was reducing its speed in order to avert the first collision.
According to State Police, the victim was identified as 32-year-old Muhamad Bahaga of the Bronx, N.Y., who died after he was thrown from the rear seat of a Chevrolet Astro van that was involved in the collision. The State Police accident report mentioned that two other people in the car suffered minor injuries for which they received medical treatment at Norwalk Hospital. They were identified as 36-year-old Ebou Fisiru and 53-year-old Dembo Batchilly. The motorist operating the second vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, was 34-year-old Jacques Buchanan, who was unharmed.
As a result of the second crash, three people fled the scene, and were subsequently arrested on charges that have not yet been revealed. The deadly crash took place as the Jetta hit the rear driver’s side part or the van’s bumper. The force of the impact threw the van off the road and down an embankment, over which it rolled and hit several trees.
As mandated by law, the motorist and front passenger had their seat belts fastened, but Mr. Bahaga did not have his seat belt secured, which is legal in Conn. and N.Y. for rear-seat passengers above age 16. State Police Master Sgt. Kevin Stratton stated that Mr. Bahaga would likely have survived if he had been wearing his seat belt. He advises drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts.
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