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Collision Course, A Connecticut Public Original Documentary, Premieres October 17 at 8:00 pm

The fatal police shooting of Anthony Jose “Chulo” Vega Cruz after a traffic stop in Wethersfield is examined in Collision Course, a half-hour TV documentary that kicks off Connecticut Public’s new investigative journalism project.

Collision Course examines the dynamics at play that led the lives of two men — 18-year-old Vega Cruz and Officer Layau Eulizier Jr. — to collide on Wethersfield’s Silas Deane Highway on April 20, 2019.

In collaboration with Hartford filmmaker Pedro Bermudez, Collision Course features new, exclusive interviews that provide insight into Vega Cruz’s mindset leading up to the traffic stop. The documentary also includes reporting after Vega Cruz’s death and the Wethersfield community’s response to it. Collision Course refocuses attention on the Hartford suburb’s practice of heavily enforcing minor motor vehicle violations, such as tinted windows – and pulling over black and brown drivers at disproportionately higher rates when compared to whites.

Collision Course premieres Thursday, October 17 at 8:00 pm.

Where to Watch the full documentary:

  • Broadcast on CPTV, Connecticut Public Television, with a re-broadcast on Tuesday, October 22 at 10:00 pm. 
  • On-demand on this website,
  • On CPTV’s YouTube channel
  • On Facebook
  • On CPTV Passport 
  • On the Connecticut Public mobile app (available for free download at the App Store or in Google Play.)

In addition, the program will be embedded via Hearst Connecticut Media online newspapers beginning October 18.

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Introducing "The Accountability Project," an investigative reporting initiative from Connecticut Public

“Connecticut Public believes that investigative journalism is a vital service to our members and communities,” said Mark Contreras, president and chief executive officer. “We are building our bench of dedicated reporters, editors and anchors to take on this important endeavor and, in partnership with our public and commercial media partners, want to share stories like Collision Course with the largest audience possible in our state.”

“Collision Course is the first documentary in our new reporting endeavor, the Accountability Project, which was created in response to the public’s desire for fair and balanced reporting,” said Tim Rasmussen, chief content officer of Connecticut Public. “While newsrooms across the country are shrinking, Connecticut Public has been building its staff of reporters and content developers to tell stories through in-depth, longer-form reporting. This provides citizens with accurate information and facts, which they can use to make informed decisions as responsible stewards of their communities.”

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