Connecticut TV host’s two sons among three victims identified in fatal Branford crash – Hartford Courant

Branford police have identified three people killed in an early morning crash on Hosley Avenue on Thursday.

Two of the victims, Anthony Dudchik, 19, of East Haddam, and Robert Dudchik, 22, of East Haven, are the sons of Capitol Report television host Tom Dudchik. The third victim has been identified as Megan Nicole Povilaitis, 17, of East Haven, according to Friday’s police report.

An investigation by local police and the South Central Regional Traffic Team found Povilaitis was driving at high speed when she “failed to negotiate a curve in the road”, police said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.

Both Anthony Dudchik and his older brother Robert Dudchik were passengers in the vehicle.

The Branford Emergency Communications Center received a call around 6:25 a.m. Thursday from a passing motorist reporting a crashed vehicle that appeared to have crashed into the roadway, police said. According to the police, all three were found dead.

Tom Dudchik is a 40-year veteran of Connecticut politics, according to Capitol Report, and host of the weekly Sunday show.

“The News 8 family is devastated by the tragic loss of Tom Dudchik’s two sons,” WTNH General Manager Rich Graziano said Friday in a statement posted on the local ABC station’s website. “We send thoughts and prayers to Tom and his wife, Nora, during this difficult time. We are all heartbroken and stunned by this tragedy. Tom is part of our News 8 family, and our hearts are with his family.

Connecticut, US Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a statement on Twitter that his heart went out to the Dudchik family and the Povilaitis family.

“There are no words – we are all with you,” the senator wrote.

U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Chris Murphy, echoed his sentiment.

“I can’t stop thinking about it. My heart breaks for the Dudchik and Povilaitis families. Just devastating. Everybody in Connecticut is shooting for you,” he said on Twitter.

At the Hartford State Capitol, Speaker Matt Ritter of Hartford interrupted proceedings on Friday and asked the House chamber for a minute’s silence for the three victims after telling his colleagues they knew of the work of Dudchik even though they hadn’t met him personally.

“You read his links every day,” Ritter said. “You go to his website every day.”

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Ritter said lawmakers and staffers spoke about the tragedy throughout the day on Friday.

“A lot of us can’t even put into words — we all talk about it behind our backs — the thought of what he and his family are going through,” Ritter said. “So all we can do is pray and send our love.”

Governor Ned Lamont tweeted: “Connecticut son and my friend, Tom Dudchik, lost his two boys, Anthony and Robert, in a car accident. Please keep Tom, Nora and the extended Dudchik family in your prayers as they deal with this unimaginable loss.

The South Central Regional Traffic Team is continuing to investigate the crash and police were offering advisory services.

“We recognize the impact a loss of this magnitude will have on families, friends and our community now and in the future. We encourage anyone in need of counseling services to contact our police social worker, Danielle Suraci, at 203-481-4241,” police said.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Sgt. Christopher Romanello at 203-481-4241.

Capitol Bureau Chief Christopher Keating contributed to this report.

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