Driver who caused fatal Stratford crash was fleeing crime scene, police say

While taking Exit 31 into Stratford from I-95 southbound as he fled the scene of a crime, Jamar Blackburn, 38, of Bridgeport, hit a Ford pickup truck driven by Fonseca-Kennedy, inflicting fatal injuries, police said.

While taking Exit 31 into Stratford from I-95 southbound as he fled the scene of a crime, Jamar Blackburn, 38, of Bridgeport, hit a Ford pickup truck driven by Fonseca-Kennedy, inflicting fatal injuries, police said.

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MILFORD — Police say the driver who caused the August car accident that killed Jason Fonseca-Kennedy, 26, of Waterbury, was fleeing the scene of a crime.

Jamar Blackburn, 38, of Bridgeport, has been charged with second-degree larceny by Milford police and is scheduled to appear in court in Milford on Sept. 8.

Since the crash occurred in Stratford, Blackburn will also be charged with other offenses by Stratford police, according to police Capt. Frank Eannotti.

On Aug. 18, Connecticut State Police contacted Milford police regarding a phone call reporting a theft, according to police. The caller informed troopers he had arranged to meet with a man, later identified as Blackburn, in the parking lot of a Walmart in the 1300 block of Boston Post Road to sell a watch for $11,500, police said. Once he had the watch in his possession, Blackburn handed the caller an envelope that appeared to contain money but in fact contained paper, police said.

When the caller realized the deception, he pursued Blackburn onto Interstate 95 southbound in his car, according to police. While taking Exit 31 into Stratford from I-95 southbound, Blackburn hit a Ford pickup truck driven by Fonseca-Kennedy, inflicting fatal injuries, police said. Fonseca-Kennedy died in the hospital four days later.

Blackburn was arrested by Milford police on Sept. 7 and held on $25,000 bond.

Stratford police are investigating the crash and resulting death. They have applied for a warrant for Blackburn’s arrest, according to Eannotti.

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