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Social media posts allegedly show a CT man drinking before his fatal accident

A Connecticut man is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal wrong-way crash in Danbury last fall after investigators allegedly found social media posts showing him drinking alcohol at several bars shortly before the crash.

Charles Connors, 34, of Milford was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment, driving the wrong way on a divided highway, driving under the influence and speeding, according to Connecticut State Police.

The charges stem from a head-on crash that killed a 25-year-old Danbury woman in September 2023.

On September 10, 2023 at 1:53 a.m., troopers responded to reports of a head-on collision north of a ramp near Exit 7 on Route 7 South in Danbury. State police found a gray Honda Accord and a black Dodge Challenger that had collided in the left lane, the state police affidavit said.

The Honda driver, identified as Danielle Dempsey of Danbury, was found unresponsive in her vehicle and taken to Danbury Hospital, where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later, state police said.

CT woman, 25, killed in head-on crash in Danbury

Connors, who was driving the Dodge, was also found unconscious and trapped in his vehicle. He was freed and taken to the same hospital with serious injuries, state police said.

Connors was first interviewed by police officers in a Danbury hospital room the night of the crash and reportedly showed signs of intoxication. According to an arrest affidavit, Connors allegedly told a state trooper, “I don’t drink, drive or anything like that,” before being asked about his alcohol consumption.

“Trust me, I’m a sober person,” he allegedly told the officer. Toxicology reports later showed Connor’s blood alcohol content that night was 0.197, well above the state limit, the affidavit said.

Because of Connors’ injuries, no field sobriety test was administered at the hospital, but a police officer allegedly smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed his speech was slurred and delayed, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

A person not named in the affidavit showed police several Instagram stories from an account with the username “chuckconnors203,” which was later reportedly linked to Connors. Videos and photos were allegedly posted to the account hours before the crash.

According to the affidavit, there were allegedly five posts that showed Connors “at multiple bars with what appeared to be alcoholic beverages.”

In the most recent video released, a person who appeared to be Connors spoke about “taking shots,” the arrest warrant affidavit states.

A police officer investigating the accident went to a bar in Norwalk where police believed Connors had been before the accident, where employees agreed to provide police with receipts from Connors’ purchases that evening which reportedly included several tequila shots and two margaritas, the affidavit states.

Investigators also met with an eyewitness who claimed they were driving on Route 7 just before the Sugar Hollow Road exit on the night of the accident when they saw the Dodge going the wrong way, the affidavit said.

The witness was able to avoid being hit by Connors and drove into the guardrail. The driver made a U-turn to see where the wrong-way driver was going and noticed the two cars smoking after the collision, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Connors on May 7. He was taken into custody by the Milford Police Department and transported to Troop A Southbury on Tuesday, state police said.

Connors was being held in lieu of $300,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Danbury Superior Court.

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