No Manslaughter Charge in Danbury Cop’s Death


The man accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed a Danbury police officer will not face manslaughter or drunken driving charges because police cannot establish the man’s condition at the time of the crash.

Officer Donald Hassiak was riding his bicycle to work on June 3 when he was struck in New Milford.

James O'Neill, 47, was later charged and a newly released arrest warrant says investigators could not establish his condition at the time of the crash.

Police say O'Neill, who's homeless, appeared intoxicated when they found him the day after the accident.

O'Neill was arraigned Wednesday in Bantam Superior Court on charges including misconduct with a motor vehicle and evading responsibility. He's being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment with the public defender's office on Thursday. It was not immediately returned.

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