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Motorcyclist killed in New Haven crash may have been chased

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Family and friends set up a memorial at the scene of the motorcycle crash in New Haven. Family and friends set up a memorial at the scene of the motorcycle crash in New Haven.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

An investigation is underway into a deadly motorcycle crash in New Haven and police are looking into whether the victim lost control or was being chased.

People who live near the scene where Maurice Adams died after crashing his motorcycle over the weekend in New Haven are questioning why Hamden police were chasing him and said the Hamden officers didn't stop when he crashed.

Family and friends set up a memorial at the scene. They're trying to figure out what happened and whether Hamden police violated procedure when they chased him.

An attorney is working with Maurice's family.

"We know at the very least, many witnesses statements the officers were right there when the accident happened," said Michael Stratton, who is victim's family attorney. "They witnessed Maurice on the ground, they knew he needed medical attention and they left the scene."

New Haven police responded to the crash but asked state police to investigate since there were questions about a possible pursuit by Hamden police. On Wednesday, Hamden's police chief released a statement on the incident and the investigation.

"I want to offer my sincere condolences and prayers to the family of the victim," said Hamden Police Chief Thomas J. Wydra in a statement.

The chief said nobody has been put on administrative leave at this point.

"Critical components of the investigation will be the determination of whether or not the motorcycle was being actively pursued at the time of the accident, whether the pursuit was justified, as well as an examination of the overall actions and conduct of the police personnel," Wydra said.

The victim's family attorney said they are planning to investigate as well.

"It looks like we're going to have video cameras all the way down Dixwell Avenue so we'll be able to reconstruct once we see all the video," Stratton said.

Sources told Eyewitness News Wednesday the Hamden officers were trying to pull Adams over for a moving violation and the pursuit was called off in under a minute.

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