Man Charged in Connection With Fatal Woodbury Crash

Friday, May 16, 2014  |  Updated 2:54 PM EDT
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Man Charged in Connection With Fatal Woodbury Crash

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Two men were killed in a crash in Woodbury and another man has been charged.

A 20-year-old Woodbury man has been charged in connection with a fiery crash on Route 317 in Woodbury last summer that killed two men.

Aidan Panagrosso, 20, of Woodbury has been charged with reckless driving, illegal racing on the highway and reckless endangerment, according to state police.

Police took him into custody on Friday.

At 10:30 p.m.on the night of June 4, 2013, police, firefighters and EMS responded to the crash scene and found a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta.

Nicholas Aleia, 19, of Bethlehem, was driving when the car spun out of control and caught fire, according to state police.

Aleia, and the passenger, David Metcalf, 21, of Woodbury, were trapped in the car and died at the scene, police said. 

Both victims attended Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury. Metcalf graduated in 2009 and Aleia graduated in 2012, according to Principal Andrew O'Brien.  Both participated in the school's agriscience program.

Panagrasso was released on a $2,500 bond and is due in Waterbury Court on May 21.

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