OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) -- The man accused of causing a deadly wrong way crash on I-95 faced a judge Thursday. Police say the Rhode Island man was drunk when he plowed his car into a car carrying seven women in Old Lyme.
Nearly 8 months after the fatal accident, the man police say is responsible for taking three lives makes his first appearance in court.
Fifty-two-year-old Frank Sundstrom appeared in court in a wheelchair. Since the December 2012 accident, in which he's accused of being a wrong way drunk driver, Sundstrom has undergone many surgeries for his arms, wrists, leg, and foot.
The women he reportedly hit were all killed, 63-year-old Barbara Prato, her 90-year-old mother Marjorie Minore, and their friend 71-year-old Tamara Nolin.
"They were wonderful amazing three women that they didn't deserve for anything like this to happen to them," said Melissa Prato, Barbara Prato's daughter.
The Warwick Rhode Island man's wife Paula, his mother, and brother were also in court.
"He and his family are devastated over this especially for the families of the victims," said John Manni, Sundstrom's Attorney.
Sundstrom's Attorney told the court about his client's financial and medical problems with the hopes of keeping his bond lower. The judge set it at $750,000.
"I honestly could care less. He's out breathing. I really could care less what his ailments were. He actually means nothing to me. I lost my whole life," said Prato.
Family members also spoke inside court which doesn't usually happen during an arraignment.
"I just wanted the court to know that she was a beautiful, beautiful person," said Deborah Pearl, Tamara's Nolin's Sister-In-Law.
If Sundstrom makes bond, he has been ordered not to drive, not to drink alcohol, and to undergo intensive supervision.
"Unfortunately our family didn't get a chance to come home and recuperate. They didn't get the opportunity to come back from that accident," said Tara Nolin Barros, Tamara Nolin's Niece.
Because Sundstrom is a Rhode Island resident the state can't suspend his license and cannot monitor him with a GPS unit if he is released.
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