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Infant Dies in Auto Accident Caused by Drunk Driver

A 16-month-old girl was killed in a Waterbury auto accident on May 6 by a drunk driver, reports the Hartford Courant.

According to reports, the child, Aaliyah Santiago, was strapped into a car seat when the crash occurred. In the front seats were the driver, Takiah Rollinson, 18, of Waterbury, and the passenger, Demonae Coleman, 19, also of Waterbury. The three passengers were in a 1997 Mazda Protégé stopped at a red light at Long Hill Road.

Driving south on Wolcott street at about 6 p.m. was Anthony Lee Faulk, a 31-year-old North Carolina man, reports a release from Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Corbett of the Waterbury Police Department. Police believe Faulk was DUI at the time he crashed into the Mazda.

The girl in the rear seat endured an injury to the head and was driven by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital. Later she was flown by Lifestar to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She died during the night. Those in the front seat were not seriously harmed.

Faulk at first was charged with DUI, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle and other crimes. After the infant girl died, the news release from the police said they expected to add a charge of manslaughter.

Faulk’s previous crimes include convictions for larceny and motor vehicle violations.

Levels considered criminal for Blood Alcohol Content in Connecticut vary by age and the type of driver a person is:

  • Under 21 years old — .02%
  • Aged 21 or old — .08%
  • A commercial vehicle driver — .04%

When someone is killed by a drunk driver in Connecticut, the family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. Negligence such as driving under the influence can affect an entire family and the responsible party should be held accountable.

As Connecticut personal injury lawyers, the attorneys of Berkowitz and Hanna LLC are available to review potential wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of families whose loved ones are killed by negligence. To learn more or to speak with an attorney about your circumstances, please contact our law firm today.