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3 dead after 2-car collision in West Hartford

Police said they responded to a report of a two-car crash on Simsbury Road near Timberwood Road around 6:50 a.m.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — A two-car collision left three people dead in West Hartford on Christmas Day, police said.

Police said they responded to a report of a two-car crash at about 6:50 a.m. on Simsbury Road near Timberwood Road. The West Hartford Fire Department also arrived on the scene to help provide medical aid to those involved in the crash. 

Despite the efforts of the police and fire department crews, two people were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

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A third person involved in the crash was transported to the hospital for medical treatment but was also later pronounced dead.

Police identified the three victims as Novelette Bailey, 55, of Hartford; Faye Dawson-Judkins, 52, of Hartford and Raheim Dante Barry Nelsen, 17, of Hartford.

Barry Nelsen was a junior at Canton High School. According to Principal Andrew DiPippo, the 17-year-old joined the school in August and "immediately made a positive impact with his kindness and positive outlook."

"While quiet, Raheim had a wonderful sense of humor who openly shared his friendly and supportive disposition with all," he said in a statement sent to the school community.

The teenager was a member of the school's varsity basketball team.

"He was kind, dedicated, talented and much loved by his teammates and coaches," head coach Bill Phelps said in a statement.

Police said the West Hartford Accident Reconstruction Team is actively investigating this incident and Simsbury Road has been closed between Bloomfield Avenue to Mohegan Drive during the investigation.

Anyone who has information related to this crash is asked to reach out to the West Hartford Police Department at 860-523-5203, or use their tip line via phone at 860-570-8969 or email at whpdtips@westhartfordct.gov.


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