Chase by Orange police ends in death of Seymour man
Phillip W. Hunt, 54, of Seymour, was killed after a car being pursued by police crashed into his vehicle late Thursday, police said. Photo: Tassoula Nicolaou-Jones / Contributed Photo
Photo: Tassoula Nicolaou-Jones / Contributed Photo
A Seymour man is dead after a car being pursued by police crashed into his vehicle late Thursday, police said.
The crash happened around 10 p.m. on Meloy Road in West Haven, near Cynthia Drive.
Phillip W. Hunt, 54, of Seymour, was pronounced dead around midnight in Yale New Haven Hospital, State Police said in a statement Friday morning.
Police said Robert Kryzkij, 44, of East Haven was involved in a hit and run accident in Orange. Orange police were pursuing him on Meloy Road, when Kryzkij crossed the double-yellow line. First, police said, he side-swiped a Toyota Scion, whose driver and passenger escaped without injury. Then he crashed head-on into a Subaru driven by Hunt.
Kryzkij suffered life-threatening injuries, and was treated Yale New Haven Hospital.
Court records suggest that Kryzkij was on probation at the time of the chase.
In August, Kryzkij pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence in 2010 and resisting arrest in July, according to court records. He was given a 1-year suspended sentence and probation through August 2018.
It’s unclear if Orange police pursued Kryzkij into West Haven, how close their officers were at the time of the fatal crash in West Haven, or why Kryzkij fled the initial accident in Orange.
State Police declined to provide details about the alleged hit-and-run. The Orange police did not respond to calls and emails department leaders.
Among the questions asked by Hearst Connecticut Media was whether or not the pursuing officers acted in accordance with department policy.
Orange police officers should “not normally continue out of town,” according to an Orange police chase policy released to in 2000 following a Freedom of Information request from the New Haven Register. “As a general rule, pursuit is not recommended or favored when the potential danger to the officer and general public outweighs the potential advantage of apprehending a fleeing vehicle.”