Photo via Torrington Police Department.
Photo via Torrington Police Department.
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TORRINGTON — Through their Facebook page, on Thursday, Feb. 18, the Torrington Police Department announced the arrest of a second suspect allegedly involved in an accident in late August.
According to the department, a witness to the accident saw two vehicles racing each other, with one of the automobiles striking a third vehicle, killing its operator.
The accident took place on New Litchfield Street near Hassig Road.
Back in September, the department arrested Rolando Vilorio, 24, due to his suspected involvement in the accident.
Vilorio’s last known address was 11 Britton Avenue in Torrington.
He had eight active arrest warrants for Failure to Appear first Degree/Failure to Appear second Degree involving the following charges: Violation of a Protective Order, Criminal Trespass in the First Degree, Assault in the third, Intimidation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Sale of Controlled Substance, Poss Drug Paraphernalia, Probation Violation, Tampering with a Witness, Operation of a Motor Vehicle under Suspension, and Operating a Motor vehicle without Insurance.
After turning himself in, Vilorio was ultimately taken into custody and charged with the following; six total counts of Failure to Appear First Degree, four total counts of Failure to Appear Second Degree, and one count of Failure to Respond.”
According to the press release issued by the department on Feb. 18, officers were informed by witnesses on the scene that a Hispanic male, wearing a blue shirt and dark-colored pants, ran from the second vehicle involved in the crash, described as a black colored Audi A4 belonging to Vilorio.
Prior to the crash, witnesses reported seeing a black Volkswagen Beetle pull onto Litchfield Street with the black Audi directly behind. Witnesses said that the Audi attempted to pass the Beetle on the left, but the Beetle kept speeding up. The Audi would lose control while attempting to pass the Beetle and struck a Lincoln traveling in the eastbound lane. The Beetle continued traveling west on Litchfield Street.
A short time later, while the department was conducting the accident investigation, officers observed a vehicle matching the description of the Beetle involved in the incident in the immediate area.
The vehicle operated by Namik Cantres, was identified as the non-contact vehicle involved through admission from the operator.
The department’s investigation led to probable cause that Cantres had direct involvement in the accident, and in assisting Vilorio from the scene.
Cantres, 20, a resident of 122 Spring Street, was charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, False Statement in the Second Degree, Interfering, and Reckless Driving.
He was held on a $200,000 court set bond and is scheduled to appear in Torrington Superior Court on Feb. 18.

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