MERIDEN — The driver of a gray Lincoln was killed in a fiery crash on Crown Street late Friday that also involved five other cars.
Police are also asking for help locating a passenger who escaped the car before it was engulfed in flames.
At about 11:40 p.m. city police responded to reports of a crash involving several parked cars near 196 Crown St. According to police, a 2000 Lincoln was traveling south along Crown Street when it struck three parked cars on the left side of the road. The Lincoln then swerved to the right side of the road when it struck two more parked cars and burst into flames.
“I heard a loud boom, crash and boom, boom, boom,” said Maria DeJesus, a Crown Street resident who was inside her home at the time of the crash. “At first I thought it was a train.”
Witnesses at the scene told police they saw someone exit the passenger side of the Lincoln and run away. The driver of the car was trapped and died in the fire. Police used a trained dog, but were unable to find the passenger.
Police are unable to identify the driver of the Lincoln and will rely on dental records from the Medical Examiner’s office for a positive identification.
Family and friends who assembled at a memorial left at the crash site Saturday identified the driver as Alex Alvarez, 21, a former Maloney High School student and father of three boys.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Officer Chris Griffin at (203) 630-6215 or Lt. Thomas Cossette at (203) 630-6256.
Friday’s crash is the second fatal car accident to strike in the city in less than a week. A Sunday morning crash on the corner of Gale Avenue and Broad Street killed two children ages 5 and 8.