Second arrest made in fatal crash investigation

A Bridgeport teen is being charged with two counts of first degree manslaughter, on top of other serious infractions, for his alleged involvement in a fatal crash that took place in April of this year.

On June 22, Lawrence Carter, 19, of Bridgeport, surrendered himself to the Shelton Police after an arrest warrant in connection with this investigation was issued for his arrest. Carter was charged with two counts of first degree manslaughter, two counts of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, four counts of first degree assault, and illegal racing

on a highway.

According to police, on April 8 at approximately 7 p.m., Shelton police, fire and EMS responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle crash on River Road.

Carter was allegedly racing another car headed south on River Road when he collided with a Saturn traveling north, police said.

Carter’s wife, Briana Torres-Carter, 23, her eight-month fetus, and Shalymar Herrera, 18,  of West Haven, were killed in the crash. A fourth person in the car, Jessie Abrams, 19, of Bridgeport, was seriously injured.

Torres-Carter and Herrera were passengers in a Mini Cooper being driven by Carter, who also suffered serious injuries in the crash.

The Saturn’s three occupants, Caitlin Kalafus, 25, Carly Kalafus, 22, and Paul Valleau, 26 were all transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

 

Carter posted a $50,000 court set bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on July 8 at 9 a.m.

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