Driver in Groton crash identified

Groton — State police have identified the driver who was seriously injured early Sunday after allegedly leading police on a chase from Quaker Hill to Groton as 35-year-old Maria Divas of Boston, Mass.

Police in Waterford said the pursuit began around 3:15 a.m. on Route 32. The officer lost sight of her car after it exited Interstate 95 north at Exit 85 in Groton.

State police said that Divas was driving a BMW M3 at a high rate of speed when she attempted to exit the highway. Police said she was unable to negotiate the curve, going off the left shoulder of the road and striking several trees.

Police said the car continued through the wooded area and came to a final rest on its passenger side.

Police said Divas was trapped under the car and had to be extricated from the vehicle by the New London and Groton fire departments. Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.

She was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital with a serious head injury, police said. A hospital official said no one there is listed under that name.

State Police have taken over the investigation. No further information was available.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call Trooper First Class Robert Pierce at (860) 848-6500.

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