SEYMOUR — A Naugatuck man died after the car he was riding in crashed into a utility pole just past Pearl Street on Route 115 early Wednesday morning, police said.
Korey Jordan, 20, of Anderson Street in Naugatuck, who was the front seat passenger, had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters, said Police Lt. Paul Satkowski, the department spokesman, in a release. Jordan was taken by Seymour Ambulance Association personnel to Waterbury Hospital, where he later died, he said.
The driver, Manuel Esteves, 20, of Mead Farm Road, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment, Satkowski said.
His two rear passengers, Joseph Staffier, 20, of Hawkins Street, Derby, and a 17-year-old juvenile, were taken to local hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, he said. Satkowski stated that both were listed in fair condition at the hospitals.
The single-car accident remains under investigation by Seymour police Accident Reconstruction personnel, he said.
As of Wednesday, no criminal charges had been filed, Satkowski said. He also said speed and possibly alcohol were determined to be contributing factors to the accident.
Shortly after 1 a.m., police received several 911 calls reporting a serious accident on South Main Street in the area of Pearl Street.
Officers found one vehicle facing southbound in the northbound lane of South Main Street, with heavy damage. They found four men inside.
Jordan, who was unconscious, was trapped in the front seat and had to extricated, Satkowski said.
Preliminary investigation shows that Esteves was driving north on South Main Street, he stated. According to witnesses, he passed another vehicle at a high speed on South Main Street in the area before the Balkos Service Station.
As Esteves approached the intersection of Pearl Street, the vehicle failed to navigate a curve and hit the utility pole head on, primarily on the vehicle’s right side, just after Pearl Street, Satkowski said.