Driver Accused of Hitting Pedestrian Charged with DUI - NBC Connecticut

Driver Accused of Hitting Pedestrian Charged with DUI

Eber Perez died when he was struck by a car on High Road in Berlin on Saturday night.



    Debra Bailey charged with drunk driving (Published Monday, Dec. 23, 2013)

    A Berlin woman charged with drunk driving faces more charges after the death of a pedestrian she allegedly hit with her car Saturday night.

    60-year-old Debra Bailey stopped at the scene on High Road in Berlin but police say she left after firefighters arrived to tend to 36-year-old Eber Perez.  Police found Bailey at her home.

    Without a blood alcohol test police can still charge someone with drunk driving based on the answers to certain questions.

    "Ask them some particular questions concerning the last time they had a drink," said Sgt.  Todd Lentini of Berlin police, "if they had anything to drink since they left the accident scene, and based on those answers they would determine whether they could make an arrest for driving under the influence.

    Lentini said Perez was returning to a friend's house from a nearby convenience store when he was hit from behind.  Medics at the Hospital of Central Connecticut could not save him.

    Police want to hear from anyone who knows anything more about the crash, he said, as they build their case against Bailey.  She posted bail to avoid jail.