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Police have identified the driver killed in a crash in Danbury early Saturday morning that started as a police pursuit in Bethel. Danbury Police say 19-year old Joseph Edward Rothenbucher of Danbury was identified as the driver. 


His passenger, 18-year old Akeem Morris of Danbury, was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the roll over crash. 


A Bethel officer tried to pull over the vehicle near Mansfield Street and Fleetwood Avenue, but the driver didn't stop.  Police say Rothenbucher accelerated at the Danbury city line and continued erratically.  The road was wet and the driver lost control on CoalPit Hill Road, rolling over and striking a tree. 


The Danbury Police Department is investigating the accident.

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