BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- He was the driver in a deadly crash that killed his wife back in August. Monday, the 31-year-old Branford man faced a judge.
Vincent Mauro is accused of driving drunk more than double the state's legal limit.
Mauro's dad made one thing clear, this is a devastating situation for his family and his daughter in law's. No matter what the punishment, two families will never be the same.
Seeing his son face a judge accused of second degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle is the last thing Ralph Mauro expected.
"It's a very difficult thing because they really were in love with each other and they were together all the time," said Mauro.
Police say on that night of August 18th, 31-year-old Vincent Mauro got behind the wheel of a car while drinking, struck a tree, killing his wife Megan Mcauliffe just days before her 29th birthday.
Mauro's father says Vincent and Megan were married just two and a half years and were hoping to have a child. They lived right behind him and his wife.
"We used to see Megan everyday. We saw her five or six hours before the accident so it's just a horrible thing we're trying to get through," said Mauro.
When asked if she was like a daughter to him, Mauro said, "oh, absolutely. Absolutely."
Mauro's attorney, Tara Knight, says Vincent Mauro has been very cooperative with police.
"We learned of this warrant on Thursday and Mr. Mauro and I made arrangements to have himself turned in today," said Knight.
Knight told the judge Mauro has gotten an overwhelming amount of support from his wife's family under these tragic circumstances.
"They've been very kind and loving toward him and he feels very touched by that," said Knight.
Mauro's father says the same.
"They're devastated over it and I think they understand it could've been either one of them in the situation or both," said Mauro.
"He is in a profound state of despair and nothing the state can do to him will match the guilt he feels and the despair and grief he's experiencing right now," said Knight.
Mauro did post bond. It was originally set at $200,000, but was lowered to $100,000. He'll be back in court on November 7th.
BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Branford man was arrested for a drunk driving crash that killed his wife in August, police said.
The fatal crash happened on August 18th on Brushy Plain Rd.
Police said 29-year-old Megan Mcauliffe, of 168 Laurel Hill Rd., was killed in the crash.
According to police, the victim's husband, Vincent Mauro, 31, was driving south on Brushy Plains Rd. at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle, went off the right side of the road and struck a large tree.
After investigating, police determined that Mauro's blood alcohol concentration was .181.
Chief Kevin Halloran said, "Our agency's deepest sympathy goes out the to the Mcauliffe and Mauro families for the tragic loss of their beloved daughter and family member. However, the criminal justice system cannot ignore the fact that Vincent Mauro's deliberate acts were a significant cause in Megan's death."
Mauro, also of 168 Laurel Hill Rd., was charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and failure to drive right.
Bond was set at $200,000.
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