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A police officer documents the scene of a fatal crash on Meriden Avenue in Southington, Dec. 26, 2013. A pickup truck traveling north left the road and struck a tree. One person was killed in the crash, another was flown by Lifestar helicopter to the hospital after being extricated by firefighters. | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal
Firefighters assist the Lifestar crew with getting the victim of a one car crash loaded into the helicopter in the parking lot of Mary Our Queen Church on Savage Street in Southington Thursday afternoon, Dec. 26, 2013. Lifestar was requested by the fire department because of an extended extrication at a car accident scene a short distance away on Meriden Avenue.  | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal Police officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash on Meriden Avenue in Southington, Dec. 26, 2013. A pickup truck traveling north left the road and struck a tree. One person was killed in the crash, another was flown by Lifestar helicopter to the hospital after being extricated by firefighters. | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal Police, fire, and EMS crews investigate the scene of a one vehicle crash on Meriden Avenue in Southington, Dec. 26, 2013. One of the occupents was killed in the crash, another was flown by Lifestar helicopter to the hospital. | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal Firefighters pickup their equipment used to extricate one of the victims from a pickup truck that slammed into a tree off Meriden Avenue in Southington, Dec. 26, 2013. One victim was pronouced dead at the scene. | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal Police officers investigate the scene of a crash and try to determine what caused the crash on Meriden Avenue in Southington, Dec. 26, 2013. | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal Police officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash on Meriden Avenue in Southington, Dec. 26, 2013. A pickup truck traveling north left the road and struck a tree. One person was killed in the crash, another was flown by Lifestar helicopter to the hospital after being extricated by firefighters. | Christopher Zajac / Record-Journal

Crash on Meriden Ave. killed one Middlefield man, injured another


SOUTHINGTON — A pickup truck smashed into a tree on Meriden Avenue near the intersection of Scenic Drive Thursday afternoon, killing one person and hospitalizing another with serious injuries.

Master Sgt. Steve Elliot of the Southington police said the accident, which occurred just before 3 p.m., caused the death of the driver and sent the vehicle’s only passsenger to Hartford Hospital in a LifeStar helicopter.

The driver was identified Friday morning as William Mazo, 19, of 61 Maryland Dr., Middlefield, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger, identified as David Lanning, 20, of 39 Main St., Middlefield, was taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, police said..

Mazo was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche northbound on Meriden Avenue when the truck crossed over the double yellow lines, exited the road on the left, west-side shoulder, police said. The pickup truck went for several hundred feet before striking a tree, police said.

Meriden Avenue was shut down between Beechwood and Greenwood Drives shortly after the incident and remained closed for hours. Southington fire crews cleared the scene at about 8:15 p.m. The crash is being investigated by the Southington Accident Investigation Team. Witnesses are asked to call officer Jason Plourde at (860) 621-0101.

— Lauren Sievert



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