NORWALK, Conn. — Connecticut State Police identified the 22-year-old Norwalk man who died after he lost control of a vehicle during a police pursuit Thursday morning on the city's West Side, police said..
Vincent Shaqui Fowlkes, of 28 N. Taylor Ave., was pronounced dead after he was taken to Norwalk Hospital, police said.
His passenger in the 2008 Honda Civic, Shawn Lavandi Bowman, 19, also of 28 N. Taylor Ave., remained in the hospital in serious condition, police said.
Neither was wearing a seatbelt, but the car's airbags deployed in the crash, police said.
No police officers were injured in the incident, police said.
In a statement issued Thursday night, State Police said Fowlkes was driving a Civic LX owned by a Stamford woman. He was attempting to elude a Norwalk police officer who was trying to make a traffic stop when the pursuit and crash occurred in the residential neighborhood just north of St. John's Cemetery, police said.
The Civic was westbound on Geneva Road just after 11 a.m. when it failed to make a right curve in the roadway near Candlewood Lane, police said. The vehicle spun clockwise and slammed into rocks at 27 Geneva Road, then continued spinning and slammed into a tree at 31 Geneva Road, police said. The car made impact on its left side and came to a final rest in a stream on the property, police said.
Geneva Road was closed between Richards Avenue and Fillow Street for several hours for the police investigation.
At the request of Norwalk Police and the State’s Attorney’s Office, the investigation was handed over to state police to handle.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or events leading up to the crash are asked to contact Trooper First Class Albert Gorski at 203-630-5639 or at Albert.Gorski@ct.gov.
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