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Norwalk Man, 21, Killed in One-Car Crash Near Home

NORWALK, Conn. – A young man died early Sunday after a single-car accident in Norwalk, according to Fire Deputy Chief Edward Prescott. The Norwalk Police Department identified the victim as Nick Vallas, 21, of 212 New Canaan Ave.

The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee went through two utility poles and came to rest on its driver's side just beyond the second pole, tangled in the wires at about 4:45 a.m. just south of 206 New Canaan Ave., Lt. Paul Resnick said. Vallas was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Police officers noted that there were no skid marks or other evidence of braking found and said the driver was not wearing a seat belt, Resnick said. The Jeep had been northbound on New Canaan Avenue when the right-side tires left the roadway near 200 New Canaan Ave. The jeep continued northbound before driving through a wooden utility pole between the driveways of 202 and 204 New Canaan Ave. and then a second wooden utility pole just south of 206 New Canaan Ave.

The impact shattered both utility poles, causing electrical wires to drape across the Jeep and hang at about head height over the accident scene. Police searched the area and determined that no other victims had been ejected from the vehicle.

Firefighters waited for Connecticut Light & Power to arrive to secure the power lines so the driver could be extricated from the vehicle. "Their quick response allowed firefighters to cut the roof from the Jeep and along with EMS, extricate the Jeep's driver," Resnick said. The extrication took just less than 20 minutes, Prescott said.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by Norwalk Hospital EMS at 5:39 a.m., Resnick said. His family has been notified by police.

Firefighters remained on scene till 7 a.m. to provide lighting for the Norwalk police investigation. One engine, a rescue and command car responded.

An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington is scheduled for Monday. The police accident investigation was ongoing.

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