Arrest in Triple-Fatal Wrong-Way Crash in Old Lyme

Police said a Rhode Island man was under the influence and driving the wrong way.

Friday, Aug 2, 2013  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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Arrest in Triple-Fatal Wrong-Way Crash in Old Lyme

State police have arrested a Rhode Island man in connection with a wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 in December that killed three people, including a mother and daughter.

State police said Frank Sundstrom, 52, of Warwick, Rhode Island, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he got onto I-95 South in Old Lyme, driving northbound, and struck an oncoming car driven by Tamara Nolin, 71, of Branford around 9 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2012.

Marjorie Minore, 90, of North Haven, and her daughter, Barbara Prato, 63, of East Haven, were also in Nolin's car. All three were killed.

Sundstom has been charged with three counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, operating under the influence, driving the wrong way on a divided highway and improper entry. 

Sundstrom turned himself in to state police Thursday morning and was held on $750,000 bond.  He went before a judge while in a wheelchair to be arraigned.

"He's still breathing," said Prato's daughter, Melissa Prato, outside the courthouse. "I really could care less what his ailments are. It actually means nothing to me. I lost my whole life."

Sundstrom, from Warwick, RI, has had five operations since the crash, said his lawyer, John Manni. "He and his family are devastated over this, especially for the families of the victims," Manni said.

Tina Shaw, Minore's neighbor, said in December that she had last saw Prato pick up her mother to go to a casino.

The crash happened hours after the National Transportation Safety Board released findings on wrong-way crashes. Prior to this crash, there were fatal wrong-way crashes in eight states over nine days.

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