Three tiny candles and a vase of pink and white orchids sit on the grass near the intersection of Highland Avenue and Route 17 in Middletown Sunday, a makeshift memorial to the 20-year-old victim of a two-car collision early this morning.
Alexander Martinez of Meriden was killed when the car he was a passenger in collided with a pick-up truck on South Main Street near the intersection of Highland Avenue in Middletown.
He was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from the 2002 Honda Civic about 2:30 a.m., according to police.
A 2008 Ford F350 pickup driven by Stephen Tyrseck, 36, of Durham, was traveling in a south on South Main approaching Highland Avenue.
Tyrseck, a firefighter in Middletown's South District Fire Department, according to the Hartford Courant, was the sole occupant of the pickup truck, police said. Police said there were four people in the automobile.
The Civic, operated by Jedidiah Roesler, 22, of Meriden, was traveling north on South Main, turned turn left onto Highland Avenue, when the front of the Ford hit the right side of the Honda.
The other three occupants of the Honda and driver of the Ford were taken to Hartford Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
In the few hours since police released Martinez's name Facebook friends and Twitter followers have been loading up his pages with messages.
"@Alexyeahhhh ill never forget seeing you er'day at the skatepark,always put a smile on my face rest in peace. Youll always be in our hearts," tweeted Courtney Milliken.
Middletown Police are asking anyone with information to call Traffic Unit officer David Godwin at 860-344-3264.
See the photo taken by NBC Connecticut.