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Connecticut state lawmaker killed in car crash

A wrong-way driver crashed head-on into state Rep. Quentin Williams's vehicle when he was driving home from the governor's inauguration ball.

Published: January 6, 2023 9:02am

Updated: January 6, 2023 9:27am

Connecticut state Rep. Quentin Williams was killed in a car crash early Thursday morning just hours after he was sworn-in for his third term.

A wrong-way driver crashed head-on into Williams's vehicle as he was driving home from the governor's inauguration ball, state police said, according to NPR

The other driver also was killed.

"I was so proud of him and his incredible accomplishments and had so much hope for what he was yet to do," state Sen. Matthew Lesser told The Associated Press.

"Just last night, with the governor's ball, he got pulled into a work meeting with his Labor (committee) co-chair and they were fiercely coming up with plans for the incoming legislative session," Lesser continued. "So it's just, it's just gut-wrenching."

Connecticut Democratic House Speaker Matt Ritter said he was shocked when he heard the news. 

"Q was my dear friend and I am scarred by his sudden loss." Ritter said in a statement. "We will have time to reflect on Q as a legislator in the weeks to come, but right now I deeply mourn my friend and send all of my love to Carrissa, Queen and Q's family. We will all miss Q."

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