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2 children die, driver charged in Conn. crash

MERIDEN, Conn. — An SUV driver accused of causing a wreck in Meriden that killed two children and injured three other people was charged with reckless driving and other crimes Sunday.

Israel Gonzalez, 29, of Meriden was arrested at a nearby home after running from the scene of the crash that killed a brother and sister, ages 8 and 5, city police said.

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‘‘At this time it is believed that both alcohol and speed were factors in the accident,’’ Sergeant Darrin McKay said. ‘‘However, the investigation is ongoing.’’

Authorities were pursuing a search warrant for the results of a blood-alcohol test, McKay said. Gonzalez could face more serious charges based on the results of the test, authorities said.

The accident happened shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Broad Street and Gale Avenue. Two adults and three children were in a car stopped at a traffic signal when an SUV rear-ended them, police said.

A 5-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother were killed and their parents were hospitalized. A 12-year-old child also was hospitalized in intensive care. Police believed that child is a family member, but weren’t sure of the exact relationship.

The victims’ names were being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Gonzalez was being treated at a hospital Sunday and bail was set at $1 million. It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

Besides reckless driving, Gonzalez was charged with felony evading responsibility and operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license.

Anyone with information about the accident is urged to call Meriden police.

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