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Woman Charged With Manslaughter, Drunken Driving in Fatal I-95 Accident [Update]

Two occupants in cab of tractor-trailer died after it burst into flames.

A Hartford woman was under guard by state troopers in Norwalk Hospital Saturday night after allegedly causing  while drunk.

Yadira Torres, 26, of 100 Benton St., is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaugther, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and reckless driving.

State Police said the accident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. this morning when Torres, driving a Dodge Caliber SXT northbound in the right lane, lost control and struck a tractor-trailer in the center lane at Exit 10 in Darien.

The tractor-trailer then spun around and overturned, followed by the tractor catching fire, according to a news release from state police.

State police said other motorists on the interstate were able to pull a female passenger from the cab of the truck tractor, but she was pronouned dead at Stamford Hospital.

The male driver in the cab was pronounced dead at the scene.

Torres was arrested in the hospital. She was held in lieu of posting $100,000 bond and given a court date of May 9.

The identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification to their families.

The news release said Torres may have suffered a concusion.

There were three other women in her vehicle, all of whom were described as having minor injuries.

The accident caused the northbound lanes of I-95 in Darien to be closed for several hours, causing major traffic jams on local streets from Greenwich to Darien.

laura May 11, 2011 at 05:39 PM
My thoughts n prayers are w/ all involved
Eli May 11, 2011 at 08:56 PM
I think she is innocent. I also think Osama Bin Laden is alive and President Obama was born in Sicily.
Tommy May 12, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Luca - I think you forgot to take your sarcastic pills today. Drinking & driving will not be "solved". I would start with harsher penalties. Second DUI is only a minimum of 4 months in jail and losing your license for 3 years. I would say minimum of 1 year (at least) and lose your license for life. DUI manslaughter is 1 - 10 years in prison. So you made the decision to drink and drive and then killed 2 innocent people (one of which is pregnant) and the max you get is 10 years? Yes, that makes total sense (I took my sarcastic pills).
sebastian dangerfield May 12, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Tommy--excellent. Im sure these women, got in the car, and asked each other "" what is the jail time for killing 2 people one of whom is pregnant? Oh? Only max of 10 years--lets drive!" Yes Tommy, you have thought this through very well. If one of them women had answered ( incorrectly) IT"S 20 years!! --they would have gotten a hotel room or stopped drinking earlier. (you should take smart pills not sarcastic pills. But Im not even sure then , it would actually help you understand how ridiculous your posts are.) (I want drunk drivers off the road--Tommy demands!! thanks dude-- . Do you honestly think anyone, including the families of the drunk women, think that what happened was right? Go and protest rape, and murder and drunk driving, and maybe earthquakes. All of them are bad. If we get guys like Tommy pointing stuff like this out --(its wrong , man!) that will help everyone on this blog to figure out what is right and wrong. I dont need pills, tommy. After you take a stronger dose of sarcastic pills (whatever that means-duh) give me a solution that will actually get drunk drivers off the road. Oh and...one more thing--- I think it's wrong to drink and drive. Does anyone have a different opinion (with or without pills)?
Tommy May 13, 2011 at 01:58 PM
Luca, you seem very angry. Instead of ranting, what is your solution to alleviate drinking & driving? I have zero tolerance for idiots who drink & drive (especially a "mother" of 4 who drives to NYC and drives drunk home at 6 in the morning). I stand by my original post.

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