CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — A Connecticut state representative and wrong-way driver were both over the legal limit for alcohol and had THC in their systems when they died in a crash in Cromwell in January, according to a report from state police.
Quentin “Q” Williams, a 39-year-old Middletown Democrat, died in the crash in the early morning hours of Jan. 5 as he was on his way home from Gov. Ned Lamont’s inaugural ball in Hartford. Authorities said Williams’ car burst into flames after it was struck head-on by the wrong-way driver, 27-year-old Kimede Mustafaj from Manchester, on Route 9 South.
According to the 311-page report, Williams had a blood-alcohol level of .159 — nearly twice the legal limit of .08. He also had 5 nanograms per milliliter of Delta-9 Carboxy THC and .56 nanograms per milliliter of Delta-9 THC in his system at the time of the crash. The report also stated he had 60 nanograms per milliliter of amphetamine.
Williams’ wife told authorities that he took Vyvanse for ADHD. The medication contains amphetamine, according to the company’s website.
Mustafaj had a blood-alcohol level of .137 at the time of the crash, according to the toxicology report. She also had .63 nanograms per milliliter of Delta-9 THC in her system.
According to the state police report, Williams’ cause of death was blunt impact injury to his head and torso, and Mustafaj’s cause of death was blunt impact injury to her head, neck, torso, and extremities.
At the time of the crash, authorities determined Williams was going 85.8 mph and the other driver was going the wrong way at 56.9 mph.
The crash happened a day after he was sworn in for his third term in the 100th District.
Earlier this week, Connecticut House Speaker Matt Ritter (D-District 1) said he was informed that the toxicology report would show that Williams was over the legal limit.
“It goes without saying everybody should follow the law, but in no way does it diminish the way we feel about Q, or his legacy,” a written statement from Ritter says in part.
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