WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) --  A 7-year-old has died, and two others were injured after being hit by an accused drunk driver late Sunday night in Waterbury.

Additionally, a man has been arrested and is facing numerous charges, including operation under the influence.

The crash happened just after 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Baldwin Street.

According to police, a white 2005 Chevrolet 2500 van, operated by 39-year-old Luis Loja, struck a parked Honda CRV. The people in the CRV were watching fireworks at the time.

The impact pushed the CRV forward, striking the child and her mother between it and a third parked vehicle. 

Police identified the 7-year-old who was killed as Serenity Mia-Lee Perez of Waterbury. Her mother, 29-year-old Yolanda Perez-Moreno. Perez-Moreno remains in the hospital in stable condition, recovering from a serious leg injury. 

A third victim, 30-year-old George Reyes is recovering at home from several minor injuries. 

Police said Loja got out of the car and fled, but witnesses following him and convinced him to return to the crash scene.

People who live and work in the neighborhood said their hearts break for the little girl.

“That’s too bad," said Bob Gamelin of Waterbury. "That’s a rotten shame.”

“[I] See the fire trucks go by, ambulance, see cop cars go by, see everything over here," said Sam Floridia of Waterbury.

Loja was arrested and charged with operation of a motor vehicle under the influence, second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration plate, operation of motor vehicle without a license, operation of unregistered motor vehicle, failure to drive in proper lane.

He’s being held on a $750,000 bond.

If he posts it, he's not allowed to drive.

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(5) comments

Angry Pepper

Close the boarders. And electrify the fences to a lethal voltage.


Reyshard Brooks was a drunk driver who failed a sobriety test. The police tried to arrest him. He resisted arrest, grabbed the officer's taser, and prepared to fire it. He was killed resisting arrest. Now the officer faces the death penalty. Will any police officer attempt an arrest of a black man for drunk driving, knowing that if he resists, the officer dares not do anything? Future drunk driving enforcement will likely be limited to suspects not expected to resist arrest. This unequal enforcement will make future drunk driving enforcement practically moot.

jon anthony

Wow. Unwashed. Undocumented. Uneducated. Unlicensed....this guy's got it going on...


Where does it say he is undocumented?


It doesn't. However, if you look elsewhere: "He was arrested and is facing charges which includes: manslaughter with a motor vehicle, assault with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, evading responsibility in accident resulting in death, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration plate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license and failure to drive in the proper lane." Unregistered vehicle and no driver's license... Given how much identification you need now to get a driver's license, there is a high probability that he is an illegal alien. Needless to say, WFSB will never ask that question!

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