Police: Man was driving over 100 mph at time of fatal CT collision

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Robert Perkins, 26, of Lepage Road in Windsor, Conn., was charged on June 4, 2021, with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving under the influence. He was released on a $150,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on June 18.

Robert Perkins, 26, of Lepage Road in Windsor, Conn., was charged on June 4, 2021, with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving under the influence. He was released on a $150,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on June 18.

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SOUTHINGTON — A Windsor man has been charged in connection with a crash in which authorities said he was driving over 100 mph while allegedly under the influence, according to police.

The passenger, who was ejected from the vehicle, was initially in critical condition at the hospital following the crash. On Wednesday, police said the passenger, a 26-year-old East Hartford man, later died from his injuries. The victim’s name was not released.

Police said Robert Perkins, 26, of Lepage Road in Windsor, was arrested on June 4 following what police called an “extensive investigation.”

Perkins was charged with second-degree manslaughter, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving under the influence. He was released on a $150,000 bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on June 18.

The major crash happened around 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Police said multiple people called 911 to report a crash where a driver collided with a utility pole at Queen and West Queen streets.

When officers got there, they found a car in the middle of the southbound lanes of Queen Street, near its intersection with Aircraft Road. Perkins and his passenger were found by officers outside the vehicle. Police said the two were ejected and neither had been wearing seat belts.

The two suffered serious injuries. Perkins survived, while the passenger died from his injuries, police said.

Investigators learned from their investigation that Perkins was driving south on Queen Street in the left lane when he swerved around another vehicle. Police said he was driving over 100 mph. The speed limit through that area is 40 mph.

When Perkins went around the other vehicle, police said, he struck the curb at the intersection of Queen and West Queen streets before hitting a utility pole, a mailbox and another utility pole. He also allegedly grazed a traffic lane marker sign.

Police said it was the force of the impact with the second utility pole that caused Perkins and the passenger to be ejected from the vehicle. No other vehicles were damaged in the crash.