Man Charged With Manslaughter After Deadly Head-On Crash in Stonington

A Groton man has been charged with manslaughter after a head-on crash in Stonington killed two people last year.

Police said 38-year-old Jose Vicente Noriega-Gonzalez was arrested on Tuesday on a warrant stemming from a deadly crash on Interstate 95 in Stonington that happened on December 16, 2018.

According to officers, Noriega-Gonzalez was driving north on I-95 southbound around 12:45 a.m. As he was driving in the wrong direction, he collided with another vehicle, just north of exit 91.

The front seat passenger in Noriega-Gonzalez's vehicle, later identified as 37-year-old Eric Ramakers, of Phoenix, Arizona, died at the scene. The front seat passenger in the other vehicle, later identified as 26-year-old Lorna Valcin, of Braintree, Massachusetts, also died at the scene, authorities added.

Noriega-Gonzalez and the driver of the other vehicle were transported to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries. A passenger in the other vehicle was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Police said Noriega-Gonzalez is facing charges including two counts of manslaughter with a motor vehicle, two counts of assault, reckless endangerment, driving wrong way on a divided highway and illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence.

His bond has been set at $1,500,000 and he is due in court on September 10.

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