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Driver in Fatal Windsor Crash Enters Plea

Rafael Quiroz, 22, entered his plea in response to felony charges stemming from a September one-car accident that claimed the life of 17-year-old Windsor Resident Christopher Torres.

Rafael Quiroz, the 22-year-old Windsor resident charged with negligent homicide after his vehicle allegedly slammed into a Windsor Avenue utility pole, claiming the life of one of his passengers — 17-year-old Windsor resident Christopher Torres — pleaded not guilty recently in Enfield Superior Court.

Quiroz remains out of custody after posting a $10,000 bond payment.

In addition to negligent homicide, Quiroz was charged with evading responsiblity in the operation of a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicel, operating a motor vehicle witout insurance, improper use of a marker and speeding.

Quiroz is due to appear in court again on Jan. 24, 2013.

According to police, Quiroz allegedly fled the scene of the crash, leaving Torres, who succumbed to his injuries, behind.

Catherine & Dennis December 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Not guilty by reason of stupidity is not a valid plea. It certainly was not an accident that he had been drinking, doing drugs, accidentally forgetting to register the car and get a valid license -I dont think so. Took off after killing a friend vs. trying to assist this friend...accidentally? Fear of being caught and running from the scene was no excuse either. This young man made many choices this night. Choices! You don't get a re-do with someone's life.
Michaela I. Fissel December 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
My condolences to both the Torres and Quiroz families. It is such a heartbreaking story, and my heart goes out to these families as they must continue to live in the moment of this tragedy since the legal proceedings of criminal trials are exhaustive. I will not pass judgement on Rafael, but I will continue to pray that he takes responsibility for his actions and makes a commitment to change evidenced by his actions. It is unfortunate that he pled not guilty, in response to his own convictions or advice of others, because the fact is - Chris lost his life that night while Rafael was at the wheel. We will never know if it was possible to save his life, or if Rafael was capable of doing so, but it is imperative that Rafael acknowledges the chioces that he made. In the end however, personal change will be the only solution that will prevent his future being marked by dissappointment and continued criminal behavior.

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