Man dies after apparent medical issue lands car in sign on Bank Street

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New London — A 50-year-old man died after suffering a medical issue while driving, and subsequently hitting a Bank Street building and sign Friday afternoon, police and fire officials said.

The driver involved in the accident, which was called in at 2:38 p.m., was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead, New London police Capt. Brian Wright said.

He said the exact cause of the accident is under investigation. Police have not released the name of the man, pending notification of next of kin.

New London Fire Battalion Chief Roger Tompkins said the driver hit the New London Self-Storage building, which is located at 960 Bank St., and the sign in front of it. Tompkins said that prior to the arrival of first responders, bystanders pulled the man out of the vehicle and performed CPR.

Police closed the upper portion of Bank Street and rerouted drivers. Wright said it remained closed as of 5:30 p.m., as police remained on-scene investigating.

e.moser@theday.com

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