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Danbury man charged with manslaughter in fatal 2016 crash

A Danbury man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge stemming from a high-speed police chase in December in which a woman was killed. 33-year old Ricardo Andre was arrested by State Police yesterday and also charged with operating with a suspended license, operating under the influence and reckless endangerment. 

 

Andre was ordered held on $750,000 bond.

 

The incident unfolded on Mountainville Road and a passenger in the suspect vehicle was ejected from the SUV, later dying of injuries sustained in the crash.  Andre was wanted on several warrants and arrested when he was released from the hospital.

 

A former Danbury Police Officer, 39-year old Jamie Hodge, was charged last week with reckless driving.  Hodge resigned form the department earlier this year. He had only been with the Danbury Department for about a year.

Hodge was off duty December 1st, working traffic control at a construction site on Center Street when he saw a vehicle with no rear license plate.  He suspected it to be stolen, having recognized the driver from previous police encounters.

Hodge followed in his own car and sped after Andre. Andre later told police he was high on cocaine and had only just met 26-year old Tiffany Fitzgerald that day at the crack house.

Hodge is due in Waterbury Superior Court on August 22. 



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