Men Plead Guilty in Leaving Crash Victim to Die

Crystal Pappacoda, 20, was gravely injured when three men left her on the side of a New Haven road in July 2008, police said. She died the next day of brain injuries and two of the three men charged have pleaded guilty in the case.

Kevin Powell, 26, of Branford, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and faces up to four years in prison.

Powell was following several cyclists in a pickup and helped load the wrecked, unregistered motorcycle in the back, the New Haven Register reports.

Then, police said, the men did something “depraved,” cops told the Register. Pappacoda was also put into the bed of the truck after the crash and later taken out and left on the side of the road before everyone fled, police said.

Steven Lewis, 27, of New Haven faces five years in prison after pleading guilty last week to negligent homicide, felony evading responsibility and tampering with evidence.

Police say Pappacoda was a passenger on the motorcycle he was driving when he rear-ended another motorcycle, sending him and Pappacoda sprawling and sliding on the road, the Register reports.

The case against the third man, Corey King, is pending.

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