Man appears in court after fatal Meriden accident

MERIDEN — Bond was set at $1 million in court Monday for the local man charged in connection with a fatal accident that killed two children Sunday morning.

Israel Gonzales, 28, of 108 Ann St. was arrested and charged with evading responsibility, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without a license. A public defender was appointed to represent Gonzalez. Judge Philip Scarpellino continued the case to Nov. 18.

Sgt. Darrin McKay, police spokesman, said officers responded to the intersection of Broad Street and Gale Ave about 2 a.m. Sunday morning for a two car accident. A Subaru Legacy was driving north on Broad Street and had stopped at a traffic light when it was struck from behind by a GMC Denali, also driving north on Broad Street, McKay said.

Two children, 5-year-old Tatiana Cruz and 8-year-old Lorenzo Cruz died from the injuries in the crash. Another child 12-year-old, Alejandro Schroder, and the children’s parents, Michael Cruz and Gina Schroder of Meriden, were taken to the hospital, McKay said.

Speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the accident, McKay said. Police are seeking a warrant to get the blood alcohol content for Gonzalez, and additional charges may be filed, McKay said.

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