Connecticut Man Charged with Fleeing Scene of Auto Accident that Killed Two People

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1381841_29055105_03162012.jpgAn automobile accident in the early morning hours of February 14, 2012 killed two people and injured two more, and led to a search for a pickup truck that allegedly fled the scene. The crash occurred around 1:00 a.m. on Route 191 in Enfield, Connecticut. A pickup truck struck a Nissan Sentra, causing it to veer off the road. The Sentra reportedly hit a tree and rolled over. Police say the truck turned around and drove past the scene of the crash again, and then drove away.

The driver, 32 year-old Glen McIntyre, and a passenger, 31 year-old Joanna Olden, were treated at a nearby hospital and released. Two other passengers, 57 year-old Michael Kennedy and 34 year-old Colleen Caruso, died in the crash. Police issued a request to the public for information about the pickup truck at around 9:00 a.m. the day of the crash.

Police quickly arrested Kyle Berry, age 46, whom they believe was the driver of the pickup truck. Berry and the four occupants in the Sentra had reportedly all been at a bar prior to the crash. Both vehicles reportedly left the bar at the same time. Employees of the bar told police that they had seen the two vehicles “spinning” their tires as they left the bar. One witness to the crash said that he thought Berry was chasing the other car, based on his speed at the moment of the crash. Berry told police that he knows McIntyre, and that he was following him to make sure he got home safely. Berry said that he had been driving a “considerable distance” behind McIntyre, but that McIntyre suddenly “zig zagged” in front of him when the vehicles collided.

Prosecutors charged Berry with felony evading. Berry pleaded not guilty at his arraignment February 15. Enfield’s police chief says that Berry will likely face additional criminal charges once the investigation is complete. The judge presiding over the arraignment suggested that Berry forced McIntyre’s car off the road, and mentioned Berry’s past criminal history. Berry was charged with assault and battery in 2005 for an alleged incident of “road rage,” although the charges were dismissed in 2006. He also reportedly has convictions for disorderly conduct and for a 2008 incident in which he kicked a cat to death. The judge in the current case set his bond at $1 million and remanded him to custody.