A man suspected of car theft in Connecticut, where a 17-month-old child was in the back seat, and subsequent bank robbery, lost his life when the stolen vehicle crashed into a tree, as confirmed by the police on Wednesday.
Authorities reported that the toddler, who was in the vehicle during the crash in Windsor, located just north of Hartford, was alert and responsive following the incident.
The sequence of events unfolded when Windsor police received a report shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday regarding the theft of a vehicle parked outside a school, with a child in the rear seat. Shortly afterward, separate reports emerged concerning a bank robbery and a vehicle colliding with a tree, all of which occurred in close proximity, as reported by the Hartford Courant.
Law enforcement officers promptly responded to all three locations. Lieutenant Nicholas Dally stated, “As officers gathered information at each location, it became apparent that all three incidents are related,” according to the newspaper.
Based on their investigation, the police believe that the suspect first stole the car in front of the school, then proceeded to rob the bank, and subsequently fled the scene, ultimately crashing the stolen vehicle with the toddler still inside.
Regrettably, the identity of the suspect has not been disclosed, and he was pronounced deceased at the crash site.
The child’s mother was summoned to the crash site and accompanied her child to the hospital. As of now, there is no immediate update available on the child’s condition.