Vece was following a Chrysler driven by his girlfriend, police said in a brief press release. The two vehicles crossed a double yellow line to pass a vehicle in front of them. When they returned to the proper lane, the motorcycle struck the right rear of the car near Nashawena Avenue.
After the collision Vece lost control of the motorcycle, crashing into the pavement, curbing, a traffic sign and wooden fencing, police said. He was treated at the scene by the West Shore Fire Department personnel and pronounced dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the West Haven Police Department at 203-937-3925.
Vece is a Bethany native who was living in Milford.
His friends and former classmates have said they are numb from the news.