Man Charged in Fatal New Fairfield Crash

State police have arrested and charged a Danbury man in the crash that killed a 54-year-old woman on Route 37 in New Fairfield in March.

Robert Francis Martini Jr., 42, of New Fairfield, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence in connection with the crash on Saturday, March 28, 2015 that killed Jody Stracci, 54, of Bronx, New York.

Police said Stracci was going south on Route 37 in her 2012 Honda CIV and Martini was going north in a 2000 Mercedes S430 around 3:30 p.m. that day when Martini went off the right shoulder and hit a rock, according to state police.

The impact propelled the car back onto the road and across the double yellow line into Stracci's Honda, state police said.

Stracci died at Danbury Hospital. 

Martini was also charged with operating with unsafe tires and driving with a suspended, revoked or refused license or registration. 

He was released on a $25,000 surety bond and is due in court in Danbury on Jan. 21.

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