The driver involved in a deadly crash on Interstate 84 in Waterbury in February, who said she was the passenger, appeared in court Wednesday on manslaughter charges.
State police said Kaleigh Morgan lied and said her friend, who was killed in the crash, was the one driving.
Amanda Grenier, 20, was killed in the crash. According to state police, her car got on I-84 near Exit 24 headed in the wrong way and hit another car head-on.
When police arrived, Morgan said she was in the passenger seat and Grenier had been driving. She told police that she pulled Grenier out of the car after the crash.
After months of investigating, police determined that Morgan was driving the vehicle and charged her with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, interfering with a police officer, DUI, and second-degree making a false statement.
The night of the crash, another one of the girls' friends also said Grenier was driving but recanted her story saying Morgan told her to say that.
"There's an issue for a witness changing their statement a couple of days after and we challenge that witness," said Morgan's attorney Marty Minella.
State police also looked at how both the steering wheel and the seat were positioned. Apparently, they were positioned for a much shorter driver. According to police, the suspect was about a half a foot shorter than the victim.
Morgan's attorney says his client stands by her story of being a passenger and makes it clear that "she was not driving."
Police believe both girls were drinking but the victim had much more to drink to the point where she probably could not have driven.
A longtime neighbor of the victim is outraged that someone could possibly lie after their friend was killed.
"That's terrible. That's very, very bad," said the woman, who wished not to be identified.
Grenier's grandmother, Dee King, told Eyewitness that the hurt continues because her granddaughter's friend continues to lie.
She said the family wishes Morgan would tell the truth so Grenier will be vindicated. King also said they hope nobody has to ever go through something like this.
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