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Teenager fleeing from police crashes into pedestrians on sidewalk killing 3-year-old boy and injuring others

By Mason White 1:19 PM November 23, 2017
Zekhi Lee

A family is mourning the death of a 3-year-old boy.

Connecticut State police said that at around 3:45 p.m., officers who were in an unmarked car were trying to pull over a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Zekhi Lee of Waterbury.

The suspect refused to stop his vehicle and fled.

Officer pursued the suspect. While fleeing, Lee crashed into a Toyota Corolla at the intersection of South Main St. and East Liberty St., police said.

The 86-year-old driver of the second vehicle was injured.

Lee then hit pedestrians on a sidewalk and a pole. The pole fell on top of a carriage in which 3-year-old Justin Quiroz was sitting.

The child was severely injured and died. His mother, 26-year-old Maria Morocho, was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

Morocho’s sister, 21-year-old Rosa, and her Rosa’s daughter, 1-year-old Aylin Morocho, were all taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital, where they were treated for cuts and bruises to their faces and arms.

After the crash, Lee got out of his vehicle and fled on foot. He was arrested shortly thereafter, State Police said.

Lee was charged with manslaughter, evading serious physical injuries, and homicide / related motor vehicle.

He’s being held on $1.2 million bail.