Driver Charged With Manslaughter After Deadly Crash on I-91 in Cromwell

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A New Britain man faces manslaughter and DUI charges after a police pursuit ended in a fatal crash on Interstate 91 in Cromwell last October.

Connecticut State Police arrested 28-year-old Dayquan Hibbert Monday. According to police, Hibbert was driving on I-91 south on October 26, 2018, when he tried to flee a traffic stop and crashed the car at Exit 21.

His passenger, 28-year-old John William Griffin, was killed in the crash. Hibbert suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

According to court documents, Hibbert told police he tried to escape the stop because he was driving with a suspended license and his car was unregistered. He also told police he had been drinking before the crash.

Hibbert was charged with manslaughter, operating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and other charges.

According to state police, a driver sped off as a trooper tried to pull him around 12:20 a.m.

The driver tried to get off the highway southbound at Exit 21 in Cromwell and lost control of the car, hitting a tree, police said.

The passenger in the car, 28-year-old John William Griffin, was killed in the crash.

The driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

His bond was set at $200,000 and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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