Man charged in fatal crash on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden

Man charged in fatal crash on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden

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HAMDEN — A driver faces charges in connection with a crash that killed a 25-year-old man and injured several others on Dixwell Avenue last year.

The incident began in North Haven when town police tried to stop a vehicle reported stolen in New Britain. 

Jonathan Garcia, 20, of 149 Rowe St., 1st Fl., New Haven, was charged Monday with second-degree larceny, misconduct with a motor vehicle, second-degree assault, engaging police in pursuit, reckless driving, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, three counts of third-degree assault and other motor vehicle charges.

On Jan. 1, 2019 around 2:15 a.m., a Honda Pilot driven by Garcia crashed into the rear of a Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Armada stopped at a light at the intersection of Dixwell Avenue and Woodin Street. A rear passenger in the Honda, Andrew Basilici, 25, of Hamden, died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash.

The incident began at Cumberland Farms, 249 State St., North Haven when police identified the Honda as stolen, according to Garcia’s arrest warrant. Officers attempted to stop the Honda, but Garcia drove off into Hamden.

Garcia and a front passenger, Emily May Bott, 21, of New Haven, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, along with the three occupants of the Armada. All were transported to Yale New Haven Hospital. 

At the hospital, medical staff found 4.3 grams of marijuana in Garcia’s possession and turned it over to police. A toxicology analysis of a sample of Garcia’s blood detected benzolecgonine, amphetamine, lidocaine, delta-9 carboxy thc, ecgonine methyl ester, and methamphetamine, the warrant said.

Garcia was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. According to statements in court, he has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance and is currently serving a sentence for a violation of probation charge. The judge set bond at $95,000 and continued the case to Feb. 13.
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