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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.

    ‘‘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.

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    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.