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Middletown Man Dies in Accident on Route 9

State police said David Latina was going southbound on the highway when he drove off the road for unknown reasons.

A Middletown resident died Friday evening after sustaining fatal injuries in a one-car motor vehicle accident on Route 9 in Chester.

David Latina, 33, of 511 Highland Ave., was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla in the southbound lane when at 9:53 p.m. he veered off the road on the right side and struck a rock ledge just north of the Exit 6 off ramp, said Sgt. Sal Calvo, a state trooper with the Troop F barracks in Westbrook.

The Corolla then rolled over and came to a final rest on the right shoulder, leaving the occupant trapped inside, according to initial reports.

Local fire and police responders arrived and a LifeStar helicopter was also called to the scene. Latina was airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Calvo said.

Route 9 was shut down in Chester during the investigation and did not open until 12:30 a.m.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Calvo said anyone with information should contact the investigating trooper, Robert Lanouette, at (860) 399-2100.

Dave Brennan December 29, 2012 at 04:41 PM
RIP my friend you will be missed and my thought and prayers are with his family and friends.

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