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Police identify victim in deadly Seymour crash; police expect to file criminal charges

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1 dead, five injured in Seymour crash

SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH)- Police have identified the man killed after a car crashed into a utility poll and flipped over in Seymour.

Utility crews are substituting that pole after a deadly crash involving a car packed with mostly teenagers. The crash happened late Tuesday night, near several homes on Rimmon Street.

Police have identified the victim as 20-year-old Shyheim Samuel, of Derby. Police say he was possibly the right rear passenger.

“I was in my living room and I heard a big bang. Sounded like a shot gun,” said Christina Kowalczyk, who lives right near the crash site.

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The five people who survived the crash are in the hospital right now. Two of them had injuries that were life menacing but their conditions have since “been upgraded.”

Utility crews substituting violated utility pole on Rimmon St in #Seymour. One dead, five injured after crash. @WTNH pic.twitter.com/judC2yk32O

The crash happened right around 9:30 p.m. when a car hit a utility pole, resulting in that pole splitting in half. The car then flipped over and landed on its roof in someone’s front yard.

Rimmon Street was closed for hours while utility crews substituted the cracked pole.

The police department says that speed was certainly a factor in this crash. The people in the car ranged in age from fourteen to twenty two years old.

“Right now we undoubtedly know speed was a factor and then we are going to look at everything else to attempt and determine what happened,” said Deputy Chief Paul Satkowski, Seymour Police Department.

My heart is powerful for the families of the six teenagers involved in this terrible car ax in #Seymour. One died, five injured. They are on Spring break pic.twitter.com/mbAvWsQB7R

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The investigation is underway to attempt to figure out what caused this crash.

“This will be a lengthy, finish and thorough investigation and at the conclusion of this investigation we do anticipate filing criminal charges,” said Satkowski.

Neighbors who live in the area of the crash tell News eight that speeding down this steep road has been an ongoing issue for years.

“There is concern about lack of speed limit signs coming from beacon Falls down towards Route sixty seven not notifying folks about the speed thresholds and the terrain and steepness of the hill,” said James Pepe, who’s lived along the road for ten years.

Derby Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matthew Conway Jr, issued the following statement regarding Samuel Wednesday afternoon:

Our Derby Family is saddened by the news of the accident in Seymour involving a Derby resident and former student. We are reaching out to our extended family members to support them in every way we can. Support services will be available at the high school for any students today and tomorrow and when students come back to school next week.”

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