One dead in wrong-way crash on Route 2

MARLBOROUGH — A 68-year-old man — one of four people involved in a crash on Route 2 — was killed Saturday after his car was hit by a wrong-way driver, state police said.

Richard Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene.

State police said he had been driving with 66-year-old Barbara Sullivan on Route 2 westbound just east of the Glastonbury town line. Around 4:15 p.m., the couple’s 2008 Subaru Impreza was hit by a 2011 Nissan Rogue driven by 22-year-old Lingxin Wu.

Wu, of Roanoak Avenue in the Willimantic section of Windham, crashed into the Subaru’s driver-side door, state police said. A third car — a 2006 Honda Accord driven by Jerry Johnson, of Massachusetts — was unable to avoid the accident and hit the Sullivans’ Subaru as it was spinning out of control, state police said.

Both Barbara and Richard Sullivan, of Old Richard Road in the Huntington section of Shelton, were seriously injured upon impact. State police said Richard Sullivan sustained fatal injuries in the crash and Barbara Sullivan was paralyzed.

Barbara Sullivan was taken by ambulance to Hartford Hospital. Wu, who was also paralyzed in the crash, was taken by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital, state police said.

Johnson was not injured.

Everyone involved in the crash had a seatbelt on at the time of the crash, but Barbara Sullivan and Johnson’s airbags did not deploy, state police said.