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UPDATED: I-95 crash in Groton kills New London man, injures 2 others

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Groton — A single-vehicle crash left a New London man dead and two other people injured, and closed part of Interstate 95 south on Saturday morning.

The person who died, identified as 25-year-old Raymond Droz Rivera of New London, was in the front passenger seat and not wearing a seat belt, according to a state police accident report.

The driver, identified as Michael Pena-Disla, 25, of Pawtucket, R.I., and the other passenger, Shanelle Maria Gomes, 19, of Providence, were wearing seat belts, state police said. They were transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The three were traveling in a 2005 Acura in the center lane of I-95 south near Exit 88 about 7:09 a.m., when the vehicle spun out of control. It went off the road and into the wooded median, where it struck a tree, state police said in the accident report.

Poquonnock Bridge Professional Firefighters Local 2704 posted on Facebook at 7:34 a.m. that they were at an accident with entrapment on I-95 south and Old Mystic Fire Department also was on scene.

The southbound section of highway between Exits 90 and 89 was closed for a period of time — state police said since Exit 89 is around a curve, closing the road at Exit 90 was safer to give drivers a straight line of sight. That section has since been reopened, according to the state Department of Transportation.

State police continue to investigate the crash and ask any witnesses to call the Troop E barracks in Montville at (860) 848-6511.


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