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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Waterbury Alderman charged with drunk driving; involved in fatal hit and run

Where else but in Waterbury...

From WTNH (w/video)

A Waterbury alderman is charged in a hit-and-run that killed a 31-year-old woman. Michael D'Occhio is also accused of drunk driving.

The accident happened on Wednesday night on Lakewood Road in Waterbury. A car, driven by 29-year-old Democratic alderman D’Occhio, was traveling east on Lakewood and struck Jennifer Catalani who was crossing the street. She suffered severe head trauma and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

D'Occhio fled the scene; he then called the Waterbury police to say he was involved in an accident. Waterbury police detectives arrived at his home, interviewed D'Occhio, seized his car and arrested him. He’s charged with felony evading responsibility, second degree manslaughter, and driving under the influence.