Man charged with manslaughter in March 2017 crash

Groton — State police on Tuesday arrested Valery Labossiere on manslaughter charges in the March 30, 2017, crash that killed Deion Anthony Pittman.

Labossiere, a 28-year-old resident of Medford, Mass., has been charged with first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, speeding, failure to drive in the proper lane on a multiple-lane highway and failure to obey traffic control signals, according to the state police criminal information summary.

With this arrest, the investigation of the fatal collision is closed. Labossiere is awaiting disposition and is scheduled to appear in court on May 4.

For the first-degree manslaughter charge, his bond was set at $300,000.

After clocking Labossiere traveling 97 miles per hour on the Gold Star Bridge on March 30, 2017, state police attempted a traffic stop but Labossiere sped up. Police said he traveled through a red light and hit the side of a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse that had just exited the Walmart parking lot in Groton.

The driver of the Eclipse sustained minor injuries, but her passenger — Pittman, who was 22 at the time — died at Hartford Hospital.

Police said they found the car that Labossiere had been driving at the time was a stolen one and previously charged him with first-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny, reckless driving, disobeying the signal of an officer, engaging police in pursuit and driving without a license.

Following the collision, the Eclipse rotated about 451 degrees and hit a concrete block retaining wall, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The state police trooper who was pursuing Labossiere found Pittman in the vehicle unconscious but with a pulse.

Pittman was transported to Hartford Hospital via helicopter and pronounced dead five hours and 39 minutes after the collision, according to the affidavit. In the autopsy, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner listed his cause of death as blunt impact injury of head, neck and torso.

April 13 inspections of both vehicles found that "neither vehicle had any pre-existing defects of maintenance deficiencies that would have caused or contributed to the collision," the affidavit states.

Labossiere was traveling 76 miles per hour on Route 184 within five seconds of the collision, according to the affidavit, and speed upon impact was about 60 miles per hour.


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