A man suspected of driving under the influence was arrested after police said he rear-ended a vehicle Sunday afternoon that led to the death of a 16-month-old girl.
Waterbury police said Anthony Lee Faulk, 31, of North Carolina, was driving on Wolcott Street when he rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a stop light at the intersection with Long Hill Road.
The vehicle that was hit was operated by Takiah Alaina Rollinson, 18, and Demonae Daijanique Coleman, 19, both of Waterbury.
Rollinson's child, Aaliyah Santiago, was strapped into a car seat in the back of the vehicle.
Police said Faulk, Rollinson and Coleman were all treated and released from St. Mary's Hospital.
Santiago was brought to St. Mary's via ambulance, but was later sent by LIFE STAR medical helicopter to Connecticut Children's Medical Center where she died.
Investigators said Faulk never even tried to stop and never hit the brakes before plowing into the car.
"The baby wasn't moving," said Angel Rivera, who witnessed the crash and rushed to help.
Eyewitness News has learned two blood alcohol tests taken at the hospital shows Faulk was nearly three times the legal limit and he does not have a valid driver's license.
"This may be his first DUI, but he has an extensive poor driving history," said Waterbury police Capt. Chris Corbett.
Police said Faulk has a criminal history and motor vehicle violations including running a red light, speeding and driving without a licence. He also had his license revoked in North Carolina.
Faulk has been living in North Carolina for the past 10 years, but is a native of Waterbury. He recently returned home to visit his family.
Martin Mannella, who is the attorney for Faulk, told Eyewitness News he had left a friend's house in Wolcott and was on his way to see another when the crash happened.
"According to him, he did not," said Mannella, when asked if his client had too much to drink. "But, we need to look at the tests more clearly and have our experts analyze the results."
Faulk was originally charged with assault, however after the child's death, they were upgraded to manslaughter.
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