A Connecticut state legislator is dead after a wrong-way highway crash.
Democratic Rep. Quentin Williams of Middletown, 39, died in a crash that occurred on Route 9 early on Thursday, according to The New York Times.
The Connecticut State Police accident report indicated the other driver was traveling on the wrong side of the highway and struck Williams’ vehicle.
That driver, 27-year-old Kimede Katie Mustafaj, also died in the collision.
Police responding to the scene of the crash described Williams’ car as being “fully engulfed in flames.”
Information Summary – Fatal Collision RT 9 in Cromwellhttps://t.co/LJPbzhLcoH
— CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) January 5, 2023
Williams, who went by the nickname “Q,” began his career in public service on Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission before serving as city treasurer, according to his biography on the Connecticut House Democrats website.
It describes him as a member of more than a dozen community charities and organizations.
State Rep. Quentin “Q” Williams was a leader and loved to serve ❤️
He mentored kids + helped the local theatre.
Q was killed by a wrong way driver.
— Christian Colón (@ColonCJC) January 6, 2023
Williams was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2018.
The state representative had been sworn in for his third term on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
He was traveling home from an inaugural ball when the fatal accident occurred.
Last night, Q Williams was so full of energy, joy, and passion for his new role and the work ahead. Heartbroken by the news this morning. pic.twitter.com/DIHiYZwFOg
— Luke Bronin (@MayorBronin) January 5, 2023
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut mourned Williams in a tweet expressing his condolences.
“Terrible news today of Q Williams sudden death,” Murphy said. “He was a great friend, a present and future leader, and a kind, graceful presence that made everyone around him better. What a loss. I’m sending every good thought I have to his family and friends today.”
Terrible news today of Q Williams sudden death. He was a great friend, a present and future leader, and a kind, graceful presence that made everyone around him better. What a loss. I’m sending every good thought I have to his family and friends today. pic.twitter.com/WliYFoLL43
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 5, 2023
Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim also mourned Williams, saying the city had ” lost its biggest, brightest smile.”
Middletown has lost its biggest, brightest smile. Rest in peace, Representative Quentin Williams. May his memory be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/PS2BHCHK3C
— Ben Florsheim (@bdflorsheim) January 5, 2023
“His laugh, smile, and presence were felt in every space shared with him. His passing is a true loss for our community,” Florsheim said, according to NBC News. “A light has been dimmed today.”
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont ordered that the state flag be lowered to half-mast in mourning of Williams, according to the Times.
Williams is survived by his wife, Carrissa.