It's a tragic story of a couple who by all accounts were in love, and a reckless act that has separated them forever and brought inestimable grief to the surviving husband and to both families. On Aug. 18 the couple got in their car while the husband had reportedly been drinking. He was driving on a Connecticut road at an excessive speed, and drove off the road and into a tree, according to reports. His 29-year-old wife died in the accident. The 31-year-old man from Branford was arrested on charges of second degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, drunk driving and reckless driving.
His blood alcohol level was allegedly .181. The man's lawyer was with him at an initial hearing before the court. He posted bond and will be back in court in November. The indications from his attorney are that he is cooperating with police and will not be contesting his guilt but will instead apparently negotiate a plea agreement. .
The police indicated their sympathies to both families but pointed out that the husband's acts were voluntary and that he must face the justice system. The man's lawyer told the judge that he has actually been supported by his wife's family under these tragic circumstances. They've remained kind and loving, according to counsel.
According to the defendant's father, his son is in a "profound state of despair" and no punishment can match the grief that he feels. The man's Connecticut defense counsel is probably doing the right thing in allowing the defendant to express his deep remorse under these circumstances. The evidence in any event is likely overwhelming with respect to the drunk driving, and the best approach is to allow for cooperative efforts to find a just resolution to punish but not destroy the man.
Source: wtnh.com, Man arrested in crash that killed wife, Erin Logan, Oct. 7, 2013