STONINGTON - State Police arrested a resident of Groton CT and charged him with manslaughter for traveling the wrong way on a road and causing a head on crash that killed two people, according to NBC Connecticut.
Allegedly driving the wrong way, Jose Vicente Noriega-Gonzalez, 38, collided head-on with another vehicle, reports said.
State police believe that he was operating under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred.
Noriega-Gonzalez's vehicle, Eric Ramakers, 37, of Phoenix, Arizona, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Lorna Valcin, 26, of Braintree, Massachusetts, also succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the accident. It was reported that other people in the rear seat of the car struck head on survived and were hospitalized.
Alcohol Related Motor Vehicle Accidents
Alcohol consumption and operating motor vehicles continues to be a leading cause of death and misery on Connecticut highways and streets. Imparied driving is a national problem for sure and oftentimes the victims are not those that were engaged in drunk driving but the people and vehicles they run into.
Whenever alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor, it is sensible for the family of the victims to immediately contact an attorney who can conduct an investigation and establish contact with the investigating police officer and the other operator in order to learn whether they were served alcohol at a bar or restaurant. Connecticut has a dram shop law which holds such entities legally liable for the aftermath of such accidents that cause injury if the person sold alcohol was served to the point of visible intoxication. Oftentimes, the person charged with DUI has insufficient insurance or assets to address the serious aftermath of consequences that their conduct has caused.
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