Wrong-way Driver to be Arraigned on Manslaughter Charges

State police in Westbrook have charged a Warwick, Rhode Island man with three counts of second-degree manslaughter in connection with a December 2012 wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 in Old Lyme that killed three women.

Frank Sundstrom, who was 51 at the time of the crash, has turned himself in to the Troop F barracks knowing there was a warrant for his arrest. He is expected to be arraigned today in New London Superior Court.

Marjorie Minor, 90, of North Haven, Barbara Prato, 63, of East Haven, and Tamara Nolin, 71, of Branford died in the crash. They were driving home from a night at one of the local casinos when their Nissan Maxima was struck by Sundstrom’s Oldsmobile Alero as he drove north in the southbound lane of the highway about three-tenths of a mile south of Exit 70. The crash occurred almost instantaneously as state police began receiving 911 calls about a wrong-way driver.

Sundstrom was seriously injured and was air-lifted from the scene, according to state police.

Sundstrom had pleaded no contest in Rhode Island on Aug. 25, 2004, to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a first offense. As part of the disposition of the case, he lost his license for three months, paid a fine and court costs and was ordered to undergo “driving while intoxicated treatment,” according to the Rhode Island court system.

This story originally appeared on Zip06’s sister site theday.com.


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