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Arrest made in deadly crash in Bristol that killed 2 children

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Michael Luponio was charged in a deadly crash that killed two young children. (Bristol Police Department) Michael Luponio was charged in a deadly crash that killed two young children. (Bristol Police Department)
Veronica and Yvette Martinez were killed in the crash. (Family photo) Veronica and Yvette Martinez were killed in the crash. (Family photo)
Two children were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Middle Street on Dec.13, 2015. (iWitness photo) Two children were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Middle Street on Dec.13, 2015. (iWitness photo)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Police arrested a Southington man that they claim is responsible for a deadly crash in Bristol that killed a 7-year-old girl and her 4-year-old sister.

Police charged 26-year-old Michael Luponio in connection with the deadly two-vehicle crash on Middle Street on Dec.13, 2015. Police said their mother was driving home from work as a nurse when she crashed into a minivan on Middle Street, right near ESPN. 

Police said Meriden residents 7-year-old Veronica Martinez and 4-year-old Yvette Martinez were killed in the crash.

During the investigation, police determined that Luponio “crossed over the center line striking a second vehicle heading southbound.”

Right away, police had suspected Luponio was driving drunk.  An investigator wrote "while being interviewed Luponio's speech was slurred, his eyes were red and glassy. there was a strong odor of alcoholic beverages on luponio's breath."

Police said Luponio had a blood alcohol level of .24%, which is three times limit. Police also determined that Luponio was “legally intoxicated, driving at an excessive speed, and did not have motor vehicle insurance.”

Police said Luponio had been involved in a road rage accident minutes before the crash where he had thrown a liquor bottle at another driver in Southington.  

Investigators' test results also show Luponio was driving about 65 mph on a road where the speed limit is 40.  

Luponio was charged with two counts of second-degree Manslaughter and three counts of second-degree assault  with a motor vehicle as well as one count of Operating under the influence of alcohol, Reckless driving  and driving with no insurance.

Luponio was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Friday. He is being held on a $500,000 bond. His next scheduled court appearance is March 18. 

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