Police: Driver in fatal crash was 8 times the legal limitPosted: Updated:
A Seymour man has been charged with drunk driving after a fatal accident on South Main Street in October.
Witnesses told police that a car being driven by Manuel Esteves, 20, passed another motor vehicle on South Main Street in the area of Balkos Service Station, while traveling at a "high rate of speed" on Oct. 31.
However, Esteves was unable to make a turn onto Pearl Street when his car crashed into an utility pole head on.
In the crash, front seat passenger Korey Jordan, 19, of Naugatuck was taken to Waterbury Hospital where he died from his injures.
Esteves and two other passengers were also seriously injured in the crash.
During their investigation, police determined that Esteves had a Blood Alcohol Content of nearly eight times the legal limit for someone under 21 and nearly two times the legal limit of an adult over 21.
"They have both worked tirelessly with the hope to bring a quick resolution (with the arrest of Manuel Esteves) so the victim's (Korey Jordan) family can begin the healing process knowing justice will be served for this senseless tragedy which was preventable," said Lt. Paul Satkowski about the police investigation into the fatal crash.
Esteves was charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless driving and DUI. He was released on $50,000 bond and is expected to appear in Superior Court in Derby on Dec. 13.
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