Guilford man charged with manslaughter in fatal Wallingford crash last summer

Guilford man charged with manslaughter in fatal Wallingford crash last summer

WALLINGFORD —  A Guilford man was charged with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle after police said he was intoxicated when his Jeep Wrangler and a Honda SUV crashed last summer, killing a woman and injuring three others.

Nicholas Fairchild, 25, 5241 Durham Road, Guilford, was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged role in the crash at Route 68 and North Main Street Extension that killed Karen Gabriel, 58, of Meriden, on July 28.

The crash happened as Fairchild was traveling east on Route 68 and Gabriel was heading north on North Main at around 7:40 p.m., police said. 

Fairchild was also charged with second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, reckless driving, improper license plate, failure to insure motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, operating with a suspended license, criminal impersonation, interfering with an officer, traveling unreasonably fast, and a red light violation.

A passenger in Fairchild's Jeep was not injured, while three others in Gabriel's car were taken to area hospitals, police said.

Fairchild’s bond was set at $150,000. He is due in Meriden Superior Court on Feb. 16.

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