- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - A Trumbull man who at first tried to blame a fatal car crash he was involved in on a mysterious panhandler has been convicted of manslaughter and drunken driving charges.

The Connecticut Post (https://bit.ly/1TuwHhy ) reports that Peter Burdick was found guilty Wednesday in connection with the February 2015 crash that took the life of 53-year-old Nancy DiStefano Keller.

The 24-year-old Burdick faces sentencing June 30.

Police say Burdick had a blood-alcohol level of .145 when he crashed into Keller’s car.

Burdick admitted he had been drinking, but claimed he was not driving. He said he gave his car keys to a panhandler outside a bar, and that panhandler was driving at the time of the crash. The panhandler then fled the scene. He changed that story at trial.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com

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