Man, 86, Arrested in Connection With Crash That Killed 3

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    A two car crash closed Route 6 in Farmington for hours on Monday afternoon. (Published Monday, Oct 14, 2013)

    An 86-year-old Bristol man has been charged with manslaughter in the crash that killed a 27-year-old pregnant woman, her unborn baby and an 86-year-old woman on Route 6 in Farmington last October.

    Police said a minivan driven by Melinda Hart, 27, of Bristol, and a Buick sedan, driven by Robert Carroll, 86, of Bristol, collided around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Route 6 and Hyde Road.

    Hart, who was eight months pregnant, and Ruth Carroll, a 86-year-old Bristol woman who was in the Buick, were critically injured in the crash, transported to the UConn Health Center in Farmington and did not survive, police said.

    Hart's unborn child also did not survive, police said.

    According to police, Hart and her three children, ages 4, 6 and 8, were in the minivan.

    Robert Carroll was seriously injured and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital.

    He was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter, second- and third- degree assault, first degree reckless endangerment, failure to obey a control signal and failure to wear a safety belt.

    Bond was set at $10,000 and he has been released.

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