In Newtown, Connecticut, a 33-year-old man was involved in a head-on car collision that claimed the life of a 90-year-old man on Route 25 on the night of Sunday, April 17. Just prior to the crash, the motorist, Miguel Barragan-Santiago, had been asked to leave a restaurant and was later seen driving in an erratic manner.
According to an arrest warrant, Barragan-Santiago had been consuming wine at Tazza Cucina & Bar, located on South Main Street, at approximately 7:30 p.m. when he started to annoy two women. A manager later requested that he leave the bar. Although Barragon-Santiago initially refused to leave the restaurant, he eventually walked out and got into his pickup truck. A short time later, he collided with a Honda Civic driven by Henry Petrucelli, the victim in the car accident.
Police stated that Petrucelli, the other motorist, was headed north when Barragan-Santiago’s Mazda B3000 hit the front passenger side of his vehicle. Petrocelli was trapped in the car when police arrived at the accident scene; he was later declared dead at the scene. Witnesses said that they noticed the pickup truck increase in speed, cross the double yellow line and make a right turn from the left lane in front of a red light. Witnesses also said that the truck appeared to have mechanical issues.
The manager of the restaurant later informed police that he followed Barragan-Santiago outside and requested that he not drive. The manager returned inside to get his keys to drive Barragan-Santiago home, but when he went back outside the truck was gone.
Barragan-Santiago faces criminal charges of misconduct with a motor vehicle and second degree manslaughter. Police said that he does not possess a valid Connecticut driver’s license, so he could potentially face more charges. Additionally, because Barragan-Santiago has been deemed a flight risk, his bond was set at a massive amount of $450,000. Moreover, the arrest warrant states that the Mexican immigrant is not a legal U.S. resident and has been deported in the past.
To learn more, check out the NewsTimes.com article, “Driver in Fatal Newtown Crash Charged with Manslaughter.”
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