A 29-year-old New Haven man has been charged by warrant with manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with a wrong-way, head-on crash on I-91 Feb. 5 that left a West Haven man dead.
Israel Quintero, of 981 Ella Grasso Boulevard in New Haven was taken by state police upon his release from Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven Monday to Superior Court here where he was arraigned on numerous charges stemming from the crash. In addition to manslaughter and drunken driving, Quintero is charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, driving the wrong way on a divided highway, illegal possession and use of a marker plate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and operating without a license or insurance.
This is yet another case where somone with reckless disregard for the safety of others gets into a car drunk and drives away leaving a trial of death and misery. Drunk diriving continues to cause countless injuries and death on our Connecticut roads and highways. In case where a person has been killed or injured due to a drunk driver it is vital for the injured person to contact a Connecticut personal injury lawyer immediately. Why? because if the drunk driver became intoxicated at an establishment serving alcohol you have the right to bring a Dram Shop claim against the bar, club, restaurant, etc. However, notice of the intention of filing a Dram Shop claim has to made on the establishment within 120 days from the date of injury or death. If notice is not made within 120 days, the injured victim is prohibited from bringing such a claim. In many instances, the Dram Shop claim provides the most compensation to the injured victim due to adequate insurance coverage. In many cases, the drunk driver has little to no insurance and little to no assets to satsify a legal judgment.