SOUTHINGTON — Police have charged the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a utility pole with manslaughter and driving under the influence after the passenger of his vehicle died from injuries in the crash.
Robert Perkins, 26, of 37 Lepage Road in Windsor, was charged last week with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving under the influence.
The crash occurred on Feb. 25 at approximately 11:50 p.m. near the intersection of Queen and West Queen streets. According to police, Perkins was driving south on Queen Street at over 100 miles per hour when he swerved to avoid a vehicle in front of him. His vehicle went over the curb, striking two utility poles and a mailbox before stopping in the southbound land of Queen Street.
Both Perkins and his passenger, who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the vehicle, police said.
No other vehicles were damaged as a result of the crash.
Perkins has been released on a $150,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on June 18.