DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH) -- One person was killed and another was seriously injured after a driver who was fleeing police crashed into an SUV in Danbury, police said. The fleeing driver has been charged with manslaughter.
Eric Sciarratta, 25, of 61 Mtn. Laurel Drive in Waterbury, is also charged with reckless endangerment, engaging in a pursuit, and operating an unregistered vehicle.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. At that time, police said a trooper was conducting seat belt enforcement on I-84 eastbound, at the Exit 5 on ramp in Danbury.
The trooper pulled over Sciarratta for failure to wear his seat belt. Police said while the trooper was walking back to his cruiser after initial contact, Sciarratta sped away from the scene, engaging the trooper in a pursuit.
The chase continued on I-84 east to Route 7 north, but was terminated when Sciarratta exited off the Exit 11 off ramp.
Police said the trooper continued down the ramp to discover that Sciarratta had struck a SUV traveling on White Turkey Rd. Ext., at the bottom of the exit.
The driver of the SUV, Angel Eduardo Criollo, 44, of Washington, died from his injuries,. He was taken to Danbury Hospital and pronounced dead.
The passenger in the SUV, Rosa Ayabaca, was also injured. She was sent and discharged from Danbury Hospital.
The case remains under investigation.
Sciarratta was held on $200,000 bond. It was unclear when he would be arraigned in court.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact State Police Troop A in Southbury at 203-267-2200.
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